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
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