7 Refreshing Sodas You Can Make In Your Own Kitchen
If you have an undeniable sweet tooth that craves sugary, carbonated drinks on a regular basis, try making your own sodas at home. As long as you have soda water and some fresh fruits and vegetables lying around your kitchen, you can make your own batch of healthy-ish soda, and you’ll avoid all of the chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and added sugars that you’ll find in commercial soda brands. Here are seven refreshing fizzy alternatives to commercial soda brands.
1. Ginger Chai Soda
For a spicy homemade soda, try making a batch of fizzy chai tea with ginger. All you have to do is steep a few chai tea bags in boiling water for about 10 minutes or so. You can simmer the tea with honey, cinnamon and cardamom pods until it turns slightly syrupy and then add a little lemon juice and grated ginger. Finish it off with some seltzer water for that soda effect. Here’s a recipe for a spiced chai soda that’s made with orange peel, black tea and whole black peppercorns.
2. Ginger Ale
If ginger ale is your soda of choice, you should learn how to recreate it at home from scratch. It’ll be healthier and taste like actual ginger. For this homemade ginger ale, all you need is some finely chopped ginger, water, sugar, club soda and a few limes.
3. Pomegranate Soda
Pomegranate soda is great on its own and will also make a perfect cocktail base. As long as you have club soda, fresh pomegranate juice and some form of a sweetener, it’s a piece of cake. You could also try this creamy pomegranate Italian soda with pomegranate syrup and half and half.
4. Turmeric Lemonade Soda
For a citrusy concoction, turmeric and lemon make a winning duo. This sparkling ginger turmeric lemonade calls for fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, freshly squeezed lemon juice, coconut sugar and sparkling water or soda water. This will be a vibrant sunny addition to any brunch table.
5. Cucumber, Mint And Basil Soda
For a homemade soda that’ll make you feel like you just left the spa, try a refreshing combination of cucumber, mint and basil. This recipe calls for sugar, water, cucumber, mint leaves, basil leaves and soda water. And if you want to spike it, here’s a DIY cucumber, mint and basil soda that encourages adding some Prosecco or sparkling wine to the mix.
6. Mango Soda
You can easily pretend like you’re getting away somewhere tropical with a homemade mango soda. Just gather some fresh mangoes, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, orange juice and soda water. This would also make an awesome base for a mango margarita with a little triple sec, lime juice, agave and a salted rim.
7. Watermelon Soda
Once watermelon season is in full swing, homemade watermelon soda is a must. Try this recipe with chopped watermelon, sugar, grenadine, lime juice, mint and sparkling water. This watermelon soda float sounds like a summer drink we could get hooked on with vanilla frozen yogurt, lime zest, watermelon and a little kosher salt.