The Sodastream Bar

Sodastream Bar

From L to R: Peychaud’s Bitters, Fee Brothers Bitters, Maple Bitters, Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup, Lemon & Lime Wedges, Cucumber, Crushed Raspberries, Chopped Mint, Chopped Basil, and a liter of Sparkling Water

Last weekend we had a few friends over to celebrate Matty’s birthday. In addition to the BBQ bonanza (tons of balsamic-marinated veggies, citrus-cilantro shrimp, and soy-sesame halibut…), I thought it would be fun to set up a “SodaStream bar.”

In case you don’t know of the SodaStream, it’s a killer countertop kitchen gadget that lets you carbonate your own water. One CO2 cylinder (refills for $15) will carbonate about 60 liters of water. (Read my full review here).

When we first got the SodaStream, we tried their flavor syrups — and enjoyed them. That is, until we realized that they all have artificial sweeteners (if they used only sugar, it would require too much syrup).

Instead, we’ve been experimenting with other home-grown flavors. I’m a fan of adding a dash of Fee Brothers Bitters (the original “Old Fashioned” variety), which have a refreshing cinnamon flavor (Note, nothing’s perfect: The bitters include food dyes).  But take it one step further — say, a bit of Fee Brothers along with a dash of Almond Extract — and now we’re getting somewhere!

For the party we put together the SodaStream bar and encouraged folks to try some recipes — or to experiment and create their own. (I’ll be honest: Just about everyone added booze.)

Start with some sparkling water and ice cubes.  Then try some of these recipes…

The Slow RC Cola Up Against A Wall

8 Drops of Almond Extract
Dash of Fee Brothers Bitters

The Lemon Limey

Lemon & Lime Wedges
Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

The Cucumberist

Scoop of Cubed Cucumber
Chopped Mint Leaves

The Cucumberico Italiano

Scoop of Cubed Cucumber
Chopped Basil Leaves


Scoop of Raspberry Pulp
6-8 drops Vanilla Extract

and, finally…

The RaspberPeach That Gave Andrew A Headache The Next day

Scoop of Raspberry Pulp
Chopped Mint Leaves
Almond Extract
Dash of Fee Brothers Bitters
Absolut Peach Vodka

Have your own favorite Sodastream recipe? Please share in the comments!

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46 Responses to The Sodastream Bar

  1. Doug November 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Ginger Syrup from a company called The Ginger People. Add some scotch and sit back and enjoy.

  2. Ilene September 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    I just found this thread, years after the initial post.

    I’ve had my SodaStream from the days when it was mail-order only and not sold in stores. One of the BEST gifts ever!

    I’ve given up the SodaStream syrups too, but I do keep one indulgence…a NY egg cream. For this original Jersey girl it’s a fond childhood memory. We always had seltzer bottles delivered at home.

    Mix some milk and chocolate syrup together, then fill the glass with seltzer. Pour slowly, as it really fizzes up. Amounts depend on your taste and size of glass.

    For a real treat, add a scoop of ice cream.

  3. KDS June 19, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    I am planning to get a SodaStream, and was looking for healthy alternatives to the syrups they offer, and like you I am looking to decrease sugar not sub it for a more “natural” sweetener (although I will likely use pure stevia leaves, which don’t have the after-bite with processed stevia). I was wondering if you have explored with coconut sugar at all? If so, I would love to hear your results. Thanks for the great post!

    • Andrew July 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      I haven’t really done much with coconut sugar… though for beverages, I’m guessing starting with a liquid (honey or maple syrup) will be easier since it will dissolve more readily. Just remember that, from a health perspective, it matters far, far less the type of sugar than the quantity of sugar.

  4. Kat May 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Color me delighted to stumble upon this posting on using Soda Stream for a healthy beverage. I purchased one over a year ago intending to use it to replace my soda habit with something healthy .. and soon discovered the chemical laden syrup ingredients, and put it away. They weren’t exactly an improvement! Can’t wait to dig it out and try your suggested recipes. Love the carbonation, not the sugar!

  5. Bonnie January 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Just got a Soda Stream for Christmas and having fun with it. I’m like to experiment to avoid HFCS and sweeteners. Thanks for sharing your suggestions. Tonight I decided to try seltzer water with my kids’ Emergen-C Fruit Punch (2 packets in maybe one cup water in a TALL glass). It was great and hopefully, it will help build up my resistance. If you try it, allow for a LOT of initial foaminess.

  6. Leah September 24, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    My family drinks seltzer like crazy. They used to call me “the seltzer lady” because I was buying 20 bottles at a time. My husband looked into the soda stream, but instead got what he calls “open source seltzer”. We have a CO2 tank, with regulators and everything. He has carbonated everything, and is having a blast. One tank lasted us about 8 months. We have made: carbonated grape juice, apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, re-carbonated soda (none with HFCS; we buy the Passover Coke and sometimes Sierra Mist which are both made from sugar), and I think that is it.

    If your soda stream ever dies, you may want to consider that. We pay about 2 cents a liter and use filtered water.

  7. The Whitelaws June 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Do you always put the flavor after the fizz of before

    • Andrew June 14, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      It voids the warranty if you carbonate anything other than water — so you need to take plain water, carbonate it, and then use the resulting seltzer to make the beverages.

      I usually add the ingredients to the cup, and then add the seltzer water last — that helps mix it all together as it’s poured in.

  8. Carol W. May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Thanks, I can’t wait to try some of these. Since I watched the documentary “Sweet Misery” I’m cutting out all artificial sweeteners. Today I am researching some homemade ginger ale recipes to use with my SodaStream. I found out the hard way that if you add powdered ginger to your carbonated water you will have a big explosion on your hands. The good news is that you can make the ginger syrup without sugar.


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