Thursday, April 9, 2015

Something Besides Tea

I'm getting tired of drinking water and iced tea.  And so, last night, I perused my homemade soda books, from when Mama got the Soda Stream last year.  I found a few sodas, not super sugary, that I can make to vary things a bit.  I'm thinking of it as flavored seltzer.  And since it's homemade syrup, I can vary the strength.  Yum, not sure which one to make first, Dried Cherry Soda or Almond Honey Cream Soda.  And there's still my old London Fog soda.

Dried Cherry Soda
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup dried sweet cherries

In medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water, sugar, and cherries to a boil.  Remove from heat and steep for two hours.

Using a stick blender, fork, or potato masher, break up cherries til mixture is chunky (do not blend smooth.)  Strain, discard cherries, and let cool.  Store syrup for up to 14 days.

To serve:  fill class with ice.  Add 3 tablespoons syrup and a few dashes of citric acid or acid phosphate (I'm using lemon juice).  Top with seltzer and mix gently.

Anton Nocito, Make Your Own Soda

Almond Honey Cream Soda
Honey Milk
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Combine the honey, milk, and extracts, stir until smooth.  This syrup will keep in fridge for 3 days.

To serve:  1/3 cup honey milk and 1 cup seltzer.  Pour syrup in glass and add seltzer.  Mix until just blended.

Andrew Schloss, Homemade Soda

London Fog on Ice

Makes 1 1/2 cups of syrup
1 vanilla bean, halved and split
1 cup sugar
3-4 bags of Earl Grey tea
1 cup water
Soda water
Half-and-half or whole milk
To make the simple syrup, combine the vanilla bean and sugar in a small saucepan. Rub the vanilla bean into the sugar with the back of a spoon until the mixture is fragrant. Add the tea bags and water. Cook over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Turn off the heat, and use tongs to remove the tea bags right away to avoid bitterness. Allow syrup to cool before using.
To make the soda, fill an 8-ounce glass with ice. Fill three-quarters full with soda water. Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup syrup, depending on desired sweetness. Top with half-and-half and more soda, if desired.

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