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

Raspberilla

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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Carol CG The Foodie
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5 years 2 months ago

Oooh I am loving your ideas! I also am not a fan of the artificially sweetened syrups. I like to make tea concentrates and use that instead. I will have to try your ideas now too. Thanks!

Connie
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Connie
5 years 2 months ago

What a great idea! I was interested in SodaStream until I saw that their syrups all use Splenda (I am mildly allergic to it, to some forms more than others). I didn’t realize you could flavor it yourself!

Carol CG The Foodie
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5 years 2 months ago

I was just told by a coworker that Soda stream is introducing a naturals line in May… hmmm would love to try it or hear reviews!

http://www.sodastreamusa.com/Sparkling-Naturals-C51.aspx

Jayne (@jaynerly)
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Jayne (@jaynerly)
5 years 2 months ago

I love your drink ideas! Since October unprocessed I don’t drink diet coke anymore! I have been drinking carbonated or “fizzy” water. From a healthy point of view Is carbonated water ok?

pelly
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pelly
5 years 2 months ago

GENIUS. I have a sodastream penguin and I will be trying some of these. Mmm cucumber-basil. That’d be nice with some Hendrick’s gin…

Marla
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5 years 2 months ago

Love this & all of your creations….think we had one these when I was a kid.

Kristina Vanni
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5 years 2 months ago

Hey there Golden Pinecone winner and fellow Wildcat! It was great to meet you at Camp Blogaway last weekend. I have to say, I am obsessed with this blog entry. I need and crave bubbly beverages. I just saw the sodastream at Williams-Sonoma yesterday now I know that I MUST buy one. Love all your ideas and recommendations here!

christine
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christine
4 years 11 months ago

ok, silly questions here:
I’d love to find more “organic/natural” drinks but I just don’t get the whole cucumber thing. Do you put the pieces in (if so how do you get the taste?)? do you puree it? What do you do with the raspberry pulp etc? I’m just not getting it. Any ideas for oranges?

Jess
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Jess
4 years 4 months ago

1.5 cups boiling water with 2 cups sugar dissolved in it.

Add the juice and zest of 5 oranges (or lemons) and 4 tsp of citric acid.

Dilute 5:1

Donna
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Donna
4 years 11 months ago

I make passion tea concentrate from Tazo passion tea and add fizzy water from soda stream. Add some frozen concentrate lemonade to sweeten. Delicious!

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn
4 years 9 months ago

That sounds awesome! I know what’s going on my Christmas List!!

Have you tried to make your own flavored simple syrup?

2 cups water, brought to a simmer–throw in your favorite tea bags to flavor. Once fully steeped, add 2 cups of sugar until dissolved.
While the simple syrup recipe has a lot of sugar, I figure at least I know exactly whats in it (and a little bit goes a long way!)

Alya
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Alya
4 years 7 months ago

Just found your site and THIS!!! Fabulous idea, I just rem. a vegan place I visit make their own ginger ale- muddle ginger, with maple syrup and pour carbonated water- Voila!

bluidshay
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bluidshay
4 years 7 months ago

Great ideas here! We just bought a Sodastream a few months ago and I am loving it, but I just don’t like plain carbonated water and my kids like the syrups a little too much. I find, by the way, that one ounce of syrup to 8 ounces of soda is WAY TOO MUCH for me. Yuck. I would be surprised if I used half that. I like just enough to give it a little flavor and sweetness. My favorite thing to do is to stir up about an ounce of honey and a similar amount of hot water until the honey is dissolved. Then I add the juice from half a lemon to it, stir, and add that to the bottle (we have the smaller 16 oz bottles, not the larger ones). Serve over ice. It’s like instant summer.

honeybadger
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honeybadger
4 years 7 months ago

This is late I know but i just got one (gotta love guilty boyfriends)…And two things I wanted to add. 1) For people who are still using the syrups and find themselves drinking the entire liter, there are 0.5L bottles available. Not great but still better.
2) I am a huge fan so far. one of my favorite things has been this article by gilt taste. http://www.gilttaste.com/stories/1151-kick-the-bottle-make-your-own-soda-flavors

Wanda
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Wanda
4 years 3 months ago

Has anyone figured out to copy Dr Pepper without the caramel coloring? I would love that idea for sure, but I think I a going to try out some of the ideas here too

Thanks

Carol W.
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Carol W.
4 years 2 months ago

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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