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Homemade syrups for use with SodaStream

Just received a SodaStream and eager to experiment with low-sugar syrups/flavorings. Especially interested in those using fresh fruit. Suggestions?

asked by jwlucas almost 3 years ago
17 answers 63443 views
Merrill
Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 3 years ago

Here's one option: http://www.food52.com/recipes.... Since you probably won't be able to find Concord grapes, you could use regular purple grapes and just decrease the sugar.

Jwl_001
added almost 3 years ago

Thanks, Merill, That sounds delicious! Just finished making a variation of something else I found -- a simple syrup with satsuma zest, juice and lavender. Will let it steep overnight and try tomorrow. I'm thinking something with pears and a little cinnamon might work, too.

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added almost 3 years ago

Simple sugar steeped with ginger slices is good. I think Amanda did a soda thread that featured that one.

I use those plastic squeeze bottle to store; like old fashion mustard/ketchup squeeze containers, but not with the colors.

Jwl_001
added almost 3 years ago

I'm not a fan of fresh ginger but I do love ginger ale. I feel like the options are endless. Hope I to get my son on board. He drink too much high-sugar soda. Hoping to create some flavors he'll enjoy. Would love to capture the black cherry flavor of Dr. Brown's. Has anyone played with using stevia or Splenda?

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added almost 3 years ago

From my reading on it I don't think that the powdered sugar substitutes play well in the soda making process. Liquid ones such as agave, honey, and brown rice syrup work, but you have to play with the amounts a bit more due to the fact that their flavor is a bit more complex then being strictly sweet like sugar.

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added almost 3 years ago

A local restaurant to me here in the Bay Area makes delicious lemongrass soda that had some muddled mint in it. I've always wanted to experiment with it at home. I imagine you could make a lemongrass-infused simple syrup for the same results with some bruised pieces to release the essential oils. How amazing would that be?

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added almost 3 years ago

There was a summer soda contest, last summer, with wonderful options -- including at least 2 home made ginger ales. I had several of the bases I made in my refrigerator all summer, ready to make with my bottles of plain Soda Stream that are always in the fridge. Shrubs are wonderful but might be an adult taste -- they're fruit vinegars which I love but might be a stretch for your son. Once you've made a few of the bases, you'll see the techniques and be able to adapt to different fruits and flavors. http://www.food52.com/recipes... -- this is one I make with ginger and turmeric.
If your son's old enough to be involved in the creative process and the cooking, you may create a soda genius, who can put his own recipes on FOOD52!

Hilary_sp1
added almost 3 years ago

I like a juniper & lime syrup to go with gin. I made this recipe for my husband who is a tea and cream soda addict:
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

I'd recommend Meyer Lemon/Cranberry. I'd do 1/2 cup meyer lemon juice and mash up 1/2 a cup of cranberries. Mix with 3/4 to 1 cup sugar and a bit of water.

In the summer, I use the leftover syrup in soda from preserving peaches and plums.

I work with a coffee shop that does a lot of business with Jo Snow syrups, just in case you'd like something more shelf stable:
http://josnowsyrups.com/ I really like the Rose Cardamom and the Fig/Vanilla/Black Pepper.

Jwl_001
added almost 3 years ago

Thanks to everyone for the creative ideas! I should clarify that my son is 20 but a big fan of sweet sodas. We'll have fun creating flaors everyone will enjoy.

Me_in_munich_with_fish
added almost 3 years ago

I made a kumquat syrup with vanilla bean. I used a 1:1 ratio of sugar:water and a whole vanilla bean along with a half pint of kumquats. Store in a jar in the fridge. Really yummy!

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added over 1 year ago

I use crystal light. It works perfectly and stays fizzy.

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Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Adapted from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery:

Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice

This juice is quite strong - but invigorating! You can make it more/less sweet, to your tastes. And you can mix it with more/less water sparkling water, also to taste. You can also double the recipe if you need to use up more citrus. The juice freezes well in baggies or ice cube trays. I typically use ruby red grapefruits here.

3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
2 tablespoons ginger, peeled then grated
1 cup (240 ml) water

very scant 1/2 cup (95 ml) fresh lime juice - 2 juicy limes
1 1/3 cups (310 ml) fresh grapefruit juice - 2 juicy grapefruits

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together the sugar, ginger, and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, transfer to a glass bowl or cup, and place in the freezer for a few minutes to cool.

Strain the ginger into a pitcher along with the lime and grapefruit juices. You can either strain the citrus juices or leave them pulpy, just be sure to catch any seeds before they go in. Stir and taste, if you want a bit more sugar, go for it, but I find this plenty sweet. Serve straight in a tiny chilled glass with ice. Or use a splash to freshen up a glass of sparkling water.

Makes about 2 cups / 1 pint.

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added about 1 year ago

The best syrups I have made so far are strawberry mint, and blueberry with a touch of cayenne. Use raw sugar for a deeper flavor to the sweetness.

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Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Hilarybee, I would love to have your juniper and lime syrup recipe!

Hilary_sp1
added about 1 year ago

Diana, I'll try to get that posted in my F52 recipes in the next week or so.