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Thrilling chiller

September 22, 2004|Barbara Hansen | Times Staff Writer

Mary SUE MILLIKEN and Susan Feniger's downtown restaurant Ciudad is not far from The Times, and it's a favorite of Times Food section staffers. We all love this signature drink, which is also served at the partners' sister restaurant, Border Grill in Santa Monica. It's great with Asian dishes as well as pan-Latin flavors.

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 packed cup mint leaves

1/3 cup sugar, or more to taste

16 ounces (2 cups) club soda

4 mint sprigs

4 lime wedges

1. Blend the lime juice and mint in a blender until the mint is finely chopped. Remove from the blender and stir in the sugar.

2. Add ice to a tall 12-ounce glass. Add one-quarter cup lime-mint mixture and one-half cup club soda to each glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wedge.

Each serving: 82 calories; 0 protein; 22 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber;

0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 25 mg. sodium.

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