Sody Pop

July 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Melissa Graham

Anyone who’s heard my spiel on eating sustainably probably knows my Achilles heel. I’m a diet coke fiend. And this is no 2 liter bottle habit, but virgin aluminum single serve cans. The plastic ones never seem to retain their fizz. I know, I know, bad Sustainable Cook, bad.

So I was quite please when my assistant happened upon the Soda Stream folks at Green Fest. I picked up a coupon and he bought the floor model. After weeks of hearing him rave about the product, I finally broke down and ordered it.

Soda Stream makes a variety of soda makers and mixes. A single carbonator makes about 110 1 liter bottles. The Fountain Jet, the Genesis and the Pure use BPA-free plastic bottles, while the more expensive Penguin uses glass carafes.

The diet cola is actually quite a good substitute to my ordinary poison. It’s stored in the plastic bottle used to make the soda water, so like other plastic bottles, the fizz lessons, but it’s a small sacrifice for lessoning my aluminum habit. Plus, there’s a stainless steel container, which hopefully will do the trick.

My only disappointment was the full-cal flavors. The regular flavors are sweetened with a mixture of sugar and Splenda, which while reduces calories, provides that artificial flavor. Yes, yes, I know if I drink Diet Coke, aren’t I used to it? Indeed. However, when giving my son a special treat of homemade soda, I would prefer that it doesn’t include artificial sweeteners.

And then it dawned on me, I don’t need no stinkin’ mixes. With all the beautiful fruits that are coming to market these days, all I need is fruit puree, organic sugar syrup and a bit of imagination.

Thus far, I’ve made Sparkling Raspberry Lime-Aid, Minted Raspberry Lemon-Aid, Minted Raspberry Cocktail with Death’s Door Vodka and the very unusual, Chamomile-Apricot Lime-Aid.* Usually, each glass contains maybe 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup, which couldn’t be too terrible on the caloric scale. Maybe I’ll kick that awful habit just yet.

Sparkling Raspberry Lime-Aid
Serves 1

The Minted Sparkling Raspberry Lemon-Aid simply substitutes 1 tablespoon lemon juice for the lime juice and uses minted sugar syrup instead of plain.

1 tablespoon raspberry puree (i.e. raspberries pushed through a fine sieve)
Juice of ½ lime
2 teaspoons sugar syrup (recipe to follow) or to taste
Soda water to cover

METHOD: Mix the ingredients and enjoy

Sugar Syrup
Makes approximately 2 cups

1 cup organic sugar
1 cup water

METHOD: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Cool.

Variation: Add ½ cup roughly chopped mint to the sugar and water. Strain when the sugar has dissolved.

*The Chamomile Apricot Lime-Aid was made with the leftover syrup used to poach/roast apricots (6 apricots, halved, ¾ cup sugar, ½ cup water dissolved into a syrup with ¼ cup chamomile flowers and ½ vanilla bean, roast for 20 minutes at 375° F). Two teaspoons of the resulting syrup mixed with the juice of ½ lime and covered with soda water comprises the recipe.


One Comment

  1. Rob Gardner says:

    Hey, you beat me to the Soda Stream post! We picked one up at Green Fest too, and we just love it. The taste of fizzy water is just so much more enjoyable and refreshing than simple tap water. It’s easy, so it’s like always available. And the boozing…a little Aperol and soda helps me rev up my dinner preparations in no time. I cannot recommend a Soda Stream more. Thanks for the recipe ideas.

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