Ingredients for lemon soda

Nimbu Soda: Lemon soda recipe

Paul D'Souza

Contributing writer

Lemon soda is a cooling beverage, commonly prepared in India in the hot season. It's also known as nimbu soda. Local homes and street vendors prepare this cold lemony drink to quench the thirst. Staying hydrated in the summer is necessary and the best way to do this is with lemon soda. It mainly consists of club soda, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.

To spice up things, people also like to add a pinch of black salt or chaat masala, a spice blend based on black salt. Black salt, called kala namak, tastes like sulphur and minerals. It adds a distinctive taste to a lemon soda. Many street vendors still use codd-neck bottles for club soda.

The best lemon soda that we had in the scorching summer heat, was at the ancient Hampi temples in South India. They use sugar syrup, and the lemon soda was perfectly balanced. Here is a recipe to make it at home.

Lemon soda in bottles with lemon balancing on top
Making lemon soda in India


  • 300 ml soda water
  • 1-2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black salt or chaat masala (optional)
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice (optional)


  1. 1
    Add simple syrup, lemon juice, pinch salt and optional black salt or chaat masala to the serving glass.
  2. 2
    You have the option to add ice cubes too or crushed ice.
  3. 3
    Pour in the soda water. Stir everything well.
  4. 4
    Enjoy your lemon soda.

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Paul D'Souza

Author - Paul D'Souza

Paul travels frequently with his wife to Europe and Asia. He writes about travel for couples, off the beaten path ideas and city guides.

Last Updated 3 October 2022

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