I love Diet Coke. I crave it all the time, which is why every New Years and Lent I try to kick the habit once and for all. Over the years I’ve managed to whittle down my addiction to once a week and this year I hope to drink it even less.
One thing that has helped stop the cravings is homemade soda (or pop as we call it here in Michigan!). Unlike their unnatural processed counterparts, homemade sodas are often made with fresh fruits, juices and more natural forms of sugar, like honey and agave nectar.
My homemade soda recipe is pretty simple, I just mix 1 part Santa Cruz Organic’s Berry Nectar juice with 1 part club soda. The result is a wonderfully fresh drink that helps suppress my cravings for something sweet and fizzy!
What prompted me to write this post was my recent trip to California. I picked up the latest copy of Women’s Health (March 2012) and read a great article that featured homemade soda recipes, like Cherry Vanilla or Pineapple-Rosemary-Ginger soda. There are also some great recipes on the magazine’s website here.
Here’s one of my favorites from the WH article that I can’t wait to try:
Orange Mango Strawberry
- 2 cups orange-mango juice, such as Santa Cruz Organic
- 1 ½ frozen strawberries thawed
- Soda water
- Pour orange-mango juice into a sauce pan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced to 1 ½ cups.
- Put strawberries and their juice into a blender and blend until roughly chopped. Pour mixture through a fine strainer (or a strainer double lined with cheese cloth), extracting as much juice as possible.
- Mix the juice from the sauce pan and strawberries together and store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge (juice lasts up to 3 days).
- To serve, combine 1/3 cup of syrup with 6-8 ounces of chilled soda water.
The above recipe (and all the recipes featured in WH) are under 120 calories, another bonus of homemade sodas!
Have you ever made homemade soda? I’d love to try more recipes, especially as the summer months get closer.
Happy Valentine’s Day!