SPLENDA® Smoked Citrus “Mocktail” Candied Citrus Peels

Take your drinks to the next level by garnishing them with sweet and smoky lemon peels.


  • Citrusade:
  • Wood chips for smoking
  • 2 large lemons, sliced in half
  • 1 grapefruit, sliced in half
  • 2 limes, sliced in half
  • 2 packets of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 bunch of basil (optional)*
  • 2 cups sparkling lemon soda
  • Ice
  • Candied lemon peels:
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 packets of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, divided


  1. Citrusade:
  2. Prepare your stovetop smoker by finding a non-coated 2-quart pot with a lid. Sprinkle enough wood chips on the bottom of the pot to cover. Place a steam basket in the bottom and line with foil.
  3. Lay half of the fruit inside and cover with lid. Smoke over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Once smoked, juice all citrus into pitcher, stir in water and 2 packets of SPLENDA® Sweetener, muddling basil if using.
  5. Top with soda; fill pitcher with ice.
  6. To serve, garnish glasses with 1-2 candied citrus peels and a sprig of basil per drink.
  7. Candied Lemon Peels:
  8. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skins from the lemon.
  9. Boil water in sauce pot, whisk in 3 packets of SPLENDA® Sweetener and add the lemon skins. Cook until the lemon skins are tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Using a slotted spoon or skimmer, remove lemon skins and toss with remaining 3 packets of SPLENDA® Sweetener. Lay the lemon skins out on a baking sheet with a rack to dry until not tacky to the touch. Lemon skins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  11. *Note: Optional ingredients are not included in the nutrition analysis.