I am a self-proclaimed food gadget junkie and from the moment the Soda Stream came out, I wanted one; however, they were one of the few gadgets my husband was not too impressed with and he said no to the price tag. So I waited until a few weeks ago and bought one with two bottles and half a CO2 cartridge for ten dollars.
Now, I am out to find the best recipes on the web and here are some great ideas.
Fun and Fizzle Homemade Soda Recipes
I am amazed at how many different flavors there are in this cola recipe, from lavender to star anise. Yet, when you're craving the deliciousness of a coca-cola, head over to your pre-made stuff instead. The pre-made recipe, made by Lorraine Elliot, can be found over at Lorraine Elliott – Not Quite Nigella.
2. Blackberry Lime Soda
Deborah, over at Taste and Tell Blog, couldn't pass up this fruity summer drink. I like the idea of it being a lime flavored drink because the best soda (in my opinion) is Sprite. Flavored Sprite? Even better. Plus, this would be a great way to use the fresh berries from the garden.
3. Homemade Sugar-Free Grape Soda
This base recipe is super simple, with grapes, water, and lemon juice. The author, over at The View from the Great Island, makes a good point though: if you want the best tasting grape soda, you are going to have to bite into them to make sure they taste good because grapes can be hit or miss.
She also adds a little extra flavoring of basil or mint, delicious!
4. Root Beer
The discussion over at Serious Eats is a good one, explaining how to tweak your drink if you prefer your root beer taste to be sweet or tart. They also explain different ways to use it.
The most interesting part is that when making it homemade, root beer does have a one percent alcohol content in it!
5. Lemon Lime
Lemon Lime sodas, such as sprite and seven-up, are my favorite flavor of soda. I love the fact that this one shows the food being made. Got lemons and limes? Make a great soda drink!
I guess I should say here that you need to have purified water with most of this. It really will make all the difference.
To see this recipe, head over to Genius Kitchen.
6. Ginger Ale
Ginger Ale is great for upset stomachs and making your own is even better. Part of what makes this drink so wonderful is that you can make the syrup and add the carbonated water when you are ready for it.
The author over at Add a Pinch explains where to find the ginger and sure enough- it really is that easy. Go ahead, hunt down the ingredients, whip up this mixture and enjoy!
7. Homemade Italian Cream Sodas
Now that you have a few syrups down, everyone should have a recipe for Italian Cream Soda. This sweet treat has just a smidge of half-and-half and whipping cream with cherries on top.
It doesn't take much to feel like you have a complicated drink that will impress others. To get all the details, check out Leah's recipe over at The Farm Wife Drinks.
8. Cherry Limeade
Since you have a recipe for lemon-lime syrup and can make a soda similar to Sprite, this is another great way to use the same recipe: make a Cherry Limeade.
Isn't it great knowing you don't have to spend the money at Sonic or other restaurants and you know what's in your drink?
To make it for yourself, head over to Taste of Home for the full recipe.
9. Spicy Watermelon Soda
This sweet treat has a bit of spice to it. I wouldn't have the seeds with mine but I could see my husband drinking it with spice and all. I think it gives it a bit of a “wow” factor.
Added bonus, there is less sugar in this recipe. The author was trying to pull the sweetness from the watermelon. If you're looking for the wow factor soda, head over to Vegetarian Ventures for the full recipe.
10. Sparkling Raspberry Pineapple Freeze
What a fun, unique way to use the soda stream! This recipe calls for a pre-made mix but you can use what you made yourself and add in frozen fruit.
The combination of raspberry and pineapples makes for a taste of paradise. The full recipe can be reproduced by checking out Dinner at the Zoo‘s recipe.
11. Grapefruit Soda
Grapefruit is another one of those sweet-tart fruits that my husband loves. I could see him adding some spice to this one as well. It doesn't have sugar- but agave and honey instead. You can customize it to be exactly what you want.
Check out Imbibe for the full recipe.
12. Cold Brew Coffee Soda
I had never thought of the idea of having a coffee soda before I began this list. Now that the author over at ManMade mentions it though, it's not a bad idea.
They add an orange peel as well, which I would skip out on and still add in my half-and-half. Would that make mine a Coffee Italian Soda?
13. Alternative Soda Drinks
This one is a bit different but still works if you're looking for a quick alternative to the store bought mixes or store-bought sodas for that matter. Simply add a cup of simple syrup to a packet of kool-aid to a one-liter bottle of carbonated water. Soda flavoring of your choice done!
Thanks to The Vollmer Family for the recipe.
14. Tummy Tamer Soda
Former Chef came up with this recipe because they have issues with their stomach hurting if their diet changes too much. If you feel the same way and are looking for a tasty alternative, this might be the solution you have been looking for.
Tastes good and makes you feel better? That is a double win. Head over now to see the full recipe.
15. Blueberry Lemonade Soda
My oldest one absolutely adores lemonade. This recipe would be right up her alley, plus blueberries are in full swing when this cold thirst quencher would be a winner around the house.
I always see the benefits of using what is available. Combine the blueberry syrup you made with equal amounts of lemon juice and four times the amount of carbonated water to have a winning soda recipe. For the full details be sure to hit up Modern Parents, Messy Kids.
16. Strawberry Soda
Alrene from Flour on My Face has a great post over here that gives lots of great ideas of things to try with the soda machine, including this strawberry recipe.
She talked about how she had made the recipe several times before being able to write the post because she kept drinking the soda before she got a chance to photograph it. Note well taken!
17. Tea Soda
Yet another interesting idea, similar to that of the coffee soda. This tea soda uses flavorful herb teas that can be caffeine free and has no sugar. If you are needing the carbonated sensation but don't need the other junk, be sure to check out the Healthful Pursuit website. Leanne's story is great!
18. Sparkling Juice
Before I decided to purchase a soda stream, I would buy sparkling grape juice or sparkling apple juice for special occasions such as Christmas, New Years, the end of a hard Culinary Competition. For little ones, it's like getting a small taste of a forbidden fruit.
Now I can make the sparkling juices, thanks to Margo at Joyful Homemaking.
19. Blackberry Soda
Blackberry soda by itself sounds delicious, purple nails or not! But what sounds even better is adding a sprig of mint in with it. Just a personal opinion.
The tartness of the blackberry and the subtle sweetness means this one would be a big hit in the summer when the kids are playing on their bikes until the eight thirty sunsets.
The full recipe can be found at Peanut Butter and Peppers.
20. Mango Lime Soda
This sounds delicious, a perfect summer treat with the mangos and the lime. Written by a classic French trained chef, I am sure to try this one out in a couple of months when I am craving warm weather and my stand up paddleboard.
It can be used as a sweet reminder that warm weather will be here before we know it! The full recipe can be found over at Pitchfork Diaries.
21. Peach Thyme Soda Syrup
I knew when I started this list that I wanted to do one with peaches. But peaches and thyme? Well, that's an interesting one. Might give it a nice twang, similar to the jalapeno in the watermelon.
Kiersten over at Oh My Veggies does a good job reminding us that the syrup can be used for other things besides soda as well, including tea and ice cream flavoring!
22. Blood Orange Soda
This recipe is for a blood orange italian soda. I think you could take the creamer out of the equation and it would still be a delicious idea if you like the tartness of the blood orange.
Either way, this recipe is definitely worth a shot. I know I am going to enjoy one soon! For the full recipe check out Annalise's post over at Completely Delicious.
23. Cranberry Soda
I chose to do Carla Hall's recipe from The Chew because she uses whole cranberries. I had a urinary tract infection and while back and I chose to water down my cranberry juice with lemon-lime soda. She chose to use gingerale as her water down but either way- if you are sick with a UTI this recipe would work. Enjoy!
24. Vanilla Bean Cream Soda
The author of Urban Baker came up with this recipe to help her boys smile a little more when they see this sweet treat that reminds the three of them of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda. I love the style, with the polka dot straws sticking out and she's right, there is nothing better than a dinner experience complete with a cream soda!
25. Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda
This one is different because it has the cucumber which gives it a tasty, fresh feel that many of these other drinks don't. The addition of the mint and simple syrups adds a bit of sweet to refresh.
If you are going for something different at your dinner, this recipe can be found at Bon Appétit.
26. Celery Collins
This recipe, created by Thomas Waugh over at Epicurious, is another great one if you are looking for something refreshing and different. It has something with habaneros in it so you know it is going to have a kick. It does have simple syrup though, giving it a hint of sweet.
For most sodas that is a bit of a turn around and maybe, just maybe, that's what you are looking for. You're welcome.
27. Japanese Cream Soda
This one is extra interesting to me because it has such an interesting background. In America, cream soda has a vanilla flavor to it. In Japan, it has a melon flavor to it. The recipe creator Nam made this drink as a honor to her carefree childhood and as an opportunity to share her childhood with her kids as well.
She recommends you pick up the flavoring at a Japanese store or purchase it online. I say it's well worth the little extra we have to put in. To see the full recipe, head over to Just One Cookbook.
28. Healthy Paleo Red Pop
Similar to the tea recipe we had on here before, this one uses berry tea and sparkling water. I chose to use it as our last one for a number of reasons. The first reason is because it visually reminds me of Big Red, a soda that is very popular here in Texas.
The second reason is because I love berry flavored just-about-anything and this is no exception. She doesn't use sugar either, opting for liquid stevia instead.
If this sounds up your alley- be sure to check out Oh the Things We'll Make.
Topping off Homemade Soda Recipes
Many people are concerned with eating better this time of year. I feel that quite a bit of our problems may stem from what we are drinking as well. Being able to have control over how much sugar and what ingredients (natural versus not) go into our drinks makes things a little bit easier.
I hope you have found some drinks that stimulate you and get you excited about different aspects of your meal. Bon Appetit!