Soda Pop! Making your own is like being a kid in a candy store only with the guarantee that you can make it just the way you want.
I have recently tried several versions of flavoured soda pop that have been pre-made and ready to consume. Some were good but most were not so good. I don’t mind the Italian ones, but most of the time the ready to serve mixtures were more on the super sweet side and reminded me of flavoured sugar.
Now I am not a soda pop connoisseur, but to beat the heat I want something that is bubbly and refreshing. Unfortunately I can’t be drinking champagne all the time. It just doesn’t fit within my daily obligations or my budget. One could dream I suppose.
I do love Italian soda available in the cafes and certain restaurants, but again I really don’t like the price tag. It is also not something that I can just go out to make the trek and purchase whenever the craving hits.
I decided to experiment with making some of my own and really you can make a whole bunch of servings of Italian soda for the price of 1 at the gourmet locations. Serious cash savings there to put into towards the champagne fund. Pretty smart if I do say so myself as champagne is much more difficult to make at home.
Since it is berry season and strawberries are pretty inexpensive they were the best choice to be the guinea pig for my recipe. Plus, who doesn’t like strawberries?
The syrup is really easy to make and I didn’t want it to have a one dimensional taste so the addition of a bit of lemon was just the added touch needed to bring forth the strawberry goodness.
Since my daughter does not consume soda pop I like the fact that I can adjust the amount of syrup in the drink so it is not as sugary, but still has a great strawberry flavour. If you want to have more of a sweeter drink you can simply add more of the syrup. I find that the ratios in the recipe are just enough flavour without it being too sweet.
The sunshine on the patio is calling and I am ready to serve some refreshing Italian sodas to my guests. Cheers to the weekend and any other time you just need time to take a break.
Summer Strawberry Soda
There is nothing better than patio weather and a refreshing beverage that everyone can enjoy.
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- club soda
- fresh mint leaves
- In a medium saucepan add strawberry and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the temperature and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, pour the mixture and strain the syrup. Let sit straining for approximately 20 minutes until all the juices have run through.
- Store the strawberry syrup in an air tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
- In a tall glass filled with ice, pour in 3-4 Tbsp of strawberry syrup. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
- Enjoy immediately.
To Make the Summer Strawberry Soda