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Fresh Lime Soda
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This refreshing drink is typical of Calcutta, and is a street drink rather than one you'd have at home. In India, it might be served very sweet or quite salty so adjust the seasoning to taste. In hot weather, the body can lose a lot of salt through perspiration, so a salty-sweet drink can be welcome (plus, the salt brings out the full flavour of the lime). Salt and sugar always complement each other; it's just a matter of finding the right balance
This recipe was first published in August 2004.