Strawberry-lime sweet & sour

Time 20 minutes
Yields Makes about 5 cups sweet & sour
Strawberry-lime sweet & sour

In a large, 2-quart glass jar, mash the strawberries. Pour over the vinegar and cover with a non-metal lid. Place in a cool, dark place for 7 to 10 days.


Pour the strawberry mixture into a medium stainless steel pot and add the sugar, makrut lime leaves and a pinch of salt. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes.


Strain the mixture into sterilized jars and cool.


To serve with soda water, mix 1 part sweet & sour with 4 parts soda water over ice and serve immediately.

From Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat. Makrut lime leaves can generally be found in Thai and East Asian markets. The sweet & sour syrup also can be used in cocktails; add to taste with your favorite clear spirit and top with soda.

If it’s entertaining, Jessica Gelt has likely covered it. Since joining the Los Angeles Times in 2003, she has written about television, music, movies, books, art, fashion, food, cocktails and more. She once played bass in a band with an inexplicably large following in Spain, and still gets stopped by fans (OK, maybe a fan) on the streets of Barcelona. She loves dive bars and very dry martinis with olives, though never simultaneously.
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