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Turbinado Lime Cooler

There are two things I’m craving more than anything right now.

1) The desire to go for a nice long sweaty run.

2) An ice cold, salt laced, tequila infused margarita.

Since I can’t do or have either of those things right now, I’ve been satisfying my cravings by going on long walks (which still isn’t the same as a run) and drinking lots of Turbinado Lime Cooler’s… which taste’s pretty dang close to a margarita (minus the tequila).

The idea for this thirst quenching beverage came from a local Mexican food restaurant. Since I can’t partake in my normal margarita drinking, I always order their lime cooler, which is served with a side of simple syrup to sweeten as you like.

Turbinado Lime Cooler


  • juice of 4 limes
  • club soda
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Start out by making your simple syrup. In a microwave safe container, combine the turbinado sugar with water and microwave for about 1 minute, or until all sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Note: If you think this is too much simple syrup, you can make any amount you like. It’s just one part turbinado sugar to one part water.

Fill your glass with ice, pour the fresh squeezed lime juice over the ice. Top with club soda. Sweeten as needed with turbinado syrup.

This drink is perfect Cinco de Mayo!

20 Responses

  1. Becky said on May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Oh my goodness… you just made my day! I was just telling someone over the weekend that the thing I’m missing most in life right now is a margarita and that the craving will definitely get worse the warmer it gets. Thank you!!

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

    You are welcome!!

  3. Erica said on May 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

    This looks so refreshing for summer!

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on May 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

    you had me at lime…this will be perfect for the cinco de mayo party we’re throwing! well, for the kiddos anyway 😉

  5. Nicole, RD said on May 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Yum! That looks so refreshing! I think not drinking for a LONG time would be one thing I would miss being pregnant. I love a drink once or twice a week!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet said on May 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Sign me up for one of these! Or ten.

  7. Maria said on May 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    My kind of beverage!

  8. Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I figured all the pregnant women would appreciate this 😉

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on May 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    You’re right– this is SO perfect for cinqo de mayo!

  10. EA-The Spicy RD said on May 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Looks very refreshing and perfect for the hot weather we’re having in San Diego right now! Love the glass too 🙂

  11. Natalia - a side of simple said on May 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I may be celebrating Cinco de Mayo solo, but with this in a glass by my side I’m not complaining one bit 😉

  12. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on May 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Sounds so refreshing. I wish my mom’s lime tree would start producing more limes!

  13. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on May 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    This sounds delicious! Tony had a gimlet the other day with our shrimp dinner. I bet these are amazing!

  14. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on May 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Not to torture you anymore, but it would be amazing with a little vodka too! 🙂

  15. Lauren said on May 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Would the lime cooler happen to be from Taqueria el Poblano? Love it! 🙂

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on May 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Yep! Its from Taqueria Poblano 🙂

  16. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on May 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love this idea! What a great thing to offer at a bbq/ party as a non-alch. option.

  17. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on May 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Mmmmm. That looks so refreshing! Love your straws, too.

  18. Lauren said on May 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    We LOVE Taqueria!!!!! Haha…i saw lime cooler and i just knew!

  19. Kim @ Spoonful of Sass said on May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    This looks so refreshing. I’m a total sucker for a good margarita, but I don’t want to drink too many of those! Thanks for reminding me I can have a lovely substitute!