So I was planning on posting this amaaaaaazing dinner recipe today (seriously…this is the one and only meal in my arsenal than not one person in my family complains about and where every single leftover got eaten), but as I was madly preparing for the 4th and then reeling in the aftermath of it all, I realized that today is Friday and that people are likely not working and tired and are sleeping in and are going to be out of their routines and that a day like today is not a day for meals that take grocery shopping and advance preparation and things like fresh herbs. Today is a day for caffeine.
Now…I know there are people reading this who are going to think I’m a heathen spawn of evil for posting a recipe with Diet Coke. I know there are those of you out there who long to tell me that Diet Coke is poison and that every cell in my body screams with a tiny, hyper voice with every sip I take. To all of you: I hear you. I probably am the heathen spawn of evil and I probably am poisoning myself, but see, I’m a Mormon girl, which means my list of potential vices is depressingly small, and, try as I might, I can’t seem to find more than 5, sometimes 6 hours to sleep every night. So here we are at Diet Coke. Hello, old friend.
I heard about Dirty Diet Coke the other day on a comment on one of my pictures on Instagram (if you haven’t already, go check out Sara’s, too!) and I knew I pretty much needed to try it out immediately. As luck would have it, I had coconut syrup (I ordered mine from Amazon, but World Market carries an amazing selection too), Diet Coke (duh), and limes on hand.
Now…some of the methods I see call for sugar-free coconut syrup. I used full-sugar coconut syrup because a) that is what I had and I didn’t really feel like waiting and b) sugar-free syrup didn’t sound very dirty. It kind of reminded me of when Gwyneth Paltrow said she knew she had hit rock bottom when she found herself eating brown rice straight from the container in the middle of the night and I just thought, “Her dieting rock bottom is way different from my dieting rock bottom.” If I’m going to have a Dirty Diet Coke, it’s gonna be dirrrty. Sugar and everything.
I found a 24-ounce cup to be the perfect size (I totally haven’t been obsessively making these or anything).
I have these heavy-duty clear cups from Sam’s Club (kind of like the ones you get in coffee shops or cool little cafes), but I have many cups and glasses in my cupboards that hold 24 ounces.
Pour 2 tablespoons of coconut syrup into the bottom of a 24-ounce cup or glass.
Fill it about halfway full with crushed ice.
Squeeze the lime quarters over the ice and drop them into the glass so the rind is touching the ice. Pour the Diet Coke over the spent limes.
This is kind of the traditional Dirty Diet Coke. And it’s delicious and amazing and I think about it all the time (not that that’s weird or anything).
But if you’re feeling wild and crazy…if you’ve had a rough day…if you wish you were somewhere tropical…if you just want to, add about 1-2 tablespoons (really, just a splash) of half and half. It’s amazing. It’s such a great treat (and honestly, if you’re going to have a treat, all things considered, this one isn’t too bad, although it’s probably not the best idea to drink ALL your Diet Cokes with sugar and cream…just saying.) Add a straw to stir and serve. This makes 1 serving. Just for you. No one else. Go hide somewhere with a lock on the door and enjoy.
Dirty Diet Coke
For those days when you just really need caffeine and sugar.
- 2 tablespoons coconut syrup
- crushed ice
- 1/2 lime (cut the lime into quarters and use 2 quarters)
- 12 ounces Diet Coke
- 1-2 tablespoons half and half (optional)
- Pour the coconut syrup into the bottom of a 24-ounce glass. Fill it about halfway full with crushed ice.
- Squeeze the lime quarters over the ice and drop them into the glass so the rind is touching the ice. Pour the Diet Coke over the spent limes.
- If desired, add a splash of half and half. Add a straw to stir and serve.