04 January 2013
Happy New Year!
Looking for a bit of extra fizz in 2013? Make your own soda-- super easy, super impressive.
Start by making a natural syrup by mixing 1 cup of sugar, 2 cups of distilled water and 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, cool and then strain so that you are left without any fruit pieces. Note: Depending on the fruit you use, you may need to add a bit more water in order to reach a smoother straining consistency. If you're using a fibrous fruit (apples, oranges) you'll most likely want to add a bit more water. If you're using smaller, less fibrous fruits (berries, stone fruits) you may not need to add any further water. After straining, funnel your syrup into a pretty bottle and refrigerate.
To make individual cups of fresh soda, add a bit of your syrup to a glass full of ice cubes, top off with sparkling water.