Sometimes I just want a soda. A delicious, ice cold coke. Unfortunately, that refreshing beverage is just full of sugar and empty calories, although tasty ones!
Since I don’t drink the real deal that often, coming up with different ways to satisfy that soda tooth can be a challenge. But a few days ago I concocted a beverage that is sweet, bubbly, and satisfying.
It’s really easy to make. All you need is:
You only need a little bit of vanilla, less that 1/8 of a teaspoon, and about 8-12 drops of stevia. I just put those in the bottom of my glass, drop some torn mint in, and then muddle it with a wooden spoon (you can use the handle rather than the spoon side if your glass is narrow). Then I top with sparkling water, and voilà!
If mint just isn’t your thing, or stevia for that matter, you can try some variances:
- Leave the mint out for a vanilla soda.
- Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon agave nectar, or simple syrup, to sweeten.
- Use some grapefruit or orange juice and a bit of sweetener to create a creamsicle flavor.
- Add in a fresh herb like basil to create a unique soda flavor.
- Use a flavored sparkling water like coconut La Croix, or use flavored stevia drops.
Creating your own sodas let’s you control the ingredients, sugar, and calories in it. So get creative, and have a healthier summer with some homemade sodas!