The final installment of For the Love of Carbonation is here! (Part one is there.)
I mentioned yesterday, I have a Soda Stream. I bought it originally, a few years ago, to save money. (I already confessed my soda addiction.) Truth be told, I never calculated the cost per glass. But I was drinking so much soda, that it didn't seem like I was saving any money.
When I decided I wanted to quit drinking soda to improve my health, I considered getting rid of the carbonator. But before that happened, I stumbled on to homemade soda syrups. Well, I figured this was the answer. So I started a Pinterest board, of course! Some of the recipes, I think, are overly complicated. The best advice I read was to make a flavored simple syrup to add to your carbonated water. Simple syrups are easy (I shared one for vanilla not that long ago) and customizable. The only caveat is in how much you require to flavor your soda water. If it's a lot, then you're still ingesting a lot of sugar. I do believe it's better than traditional sodas you typically buy at the grocery store, but moderation is still important.
Even more time passed before I took my decision to stop drinking soda to a serious level. When I finally did, this is one of the routes I took – using fruit infused honey to flavor my soda stream water. Moderation is still required, too much honey is still too much sugar. But if you use real, raw honey, you are actually getting some benefits from the syrup in your soda water.
I apologize for not having pictures for this recipe / process. I fell down on that job, but didn't realize it until I sat down to pen this post. So sorry.
But it's easy! I'll share my favorite recipe thus far: lemon and ginger infused honey (and a place you can go to see lots of pictures).
Want to make a mean ginger ale?
Combine 1 cup finely chopped ginger (you might want to peel if not organic), the zest and juice of 2 lemons, and 1/2 cup raw honey in a pint mason jar (or similar container). Stir well and allow to sit covered in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Strain out all solids. Stores in refrigerator for up to a month.
I use 2-3 tablespoons per 16 oz. soda stream water. De-licious! I encourage you to visit The Yummy Life. Monica has at least 8 different Natural Fruit & Herb Honey Syrups waiting for your perusal (with pictures).
That's it for the series! Three ways I've made a fizzy beverage at home to help combat my soda addiction.
I hope one or more of these work for you!
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