How to Make Your Own Soda
What exactly do you need to make your own soda, and how is it done? It’s actually easier than you might think! Whether you decide to purchase a carbonation device or use seltzer is up to you and how much you want to spend up front. I suggest trying to make a few recipes without purchasing a device, just to get the hang of it and see if you like the results. But that’s just me!
To start, gather the basic ingredients and bottling mechanism (glass or plastic) that’s best for you.
To get those bubbles in soda, you must have carbonated water. You can purchase seltzer, but it is not available in all locations (I can never find seltzer when I travel to Texas). If you are in a position to purchase a soda maker, you can research the various models out there, but it will cost you between $80 and $200. Some recipes also use club soda.
Here is where your control over your health comes into play. You can adjust the sweetness of the simple syrup to your personal taste. To make simple syrup, all you need is 1 cup of organic sugar and 1 cup of water. Simmer this mixture until all the sugar is dissolved. Try this ratio first. If you prefer it less sweet, cut the sugar down to ¾ cup. Alternatively, you can make simple syrup from honey or stevia, but the flavors will be different. To start, I recommend using the sugar and then graduate from there.
This is where you get to be creative!! Fruits, herbs, spices, extracts… you are in control of your soda flavorings. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Fruits: oranges, berries, clementine, pineapple, lime, peach, grape juice
- Herbs/Spices: ginger, mint, basil, fennel, chocolate
- Extracts: vanilla, almond
Whether you use plastic or glass, remember to sanitize the bottles. If you live next to a homebrewing store, stop in and ask them what they recommend. There are also many online stores (but still sanitize, just to be safe). If you prefer glass, the swing-top bottles are the most preferable.
Once you have your ingredients picked out, it’s time to start making soda! Here is a simple recipe to get you started