One of the questions I get most from visitors of this site is “do you have any good homemade soda recipes you can share?” I have a few I’ll typically provide, some of which are linked within the pages of this Sodastream Review site, but my homemade soda recipes box is rather slim. I experiment with a lot of fruit and juices but in reality, there are only a few homemade soda recipes I’ve picked up that I liked. That is, until Andrew Schloss released his book Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes for Making & Using Fruit Sodas & Fizzy Juices, Sparkling Waters, Root Beers & Cola Brews…
For those of you that have never heard the name Andrew Schloss, he is a teacher, food product developer, food writer and successful cookbook author with over 15 titles to his name such as Art of the Slow Cooker, The Science of Good Food, 2500 Recipes: Everyday to Extraordinary and now Homemade Soda. When I heard about the book, I knew I had to pick it up and give it a try.
Homemade Soda Recipes – How I discovered the Book
I didn’t discover Schloss’ book on my own. A friend introduced me to the book while I was at her home one afternoon. Like me, she’s an avid soda fan and proud Sodastream Home Soda Maker owner on the constant search for new and interesting homemade soda recipes. We were standing in her kitchen one afternoon when she got this screwed grin on her face and placed a drink in my hand. “I was going to keep this a secret but I can’t keep it to myself any longer. You have to try this!” I’m sure I must have gotten an odd look on my face because before I could respond she said “Luke, don’t be a ninny, just try the d@mn drink!” To the best of my knowledge, my friend has never tried to poison me before but this drink smelled a bit odd. It definitely contained lemons and I picked up, clove? I took a few sips and tried to define what I was experiencing. “Ah, you like it! I knew you would!” My friend had given me the most unusual and delicious drink I’ve ever had before. She explained she found the recipe in Schloss’ book of homemade soda recipes and that we were drinking his “Black Lemonade”.
My friend handed me the book and frantically began pulling out ingredients. She’d shared her little secret and was going for full disclosure. We spent the remainder of our time making and sampling her favorite recipes. When I returned home, I purchased the Homemade Soda Recipes Kindle Edition for my iPad and started digging in.
Homemade Soda Recipes – What’s in the book?
Part 1 of Schloss’ Homemade Soda Recipes is a basic introduction to getting started including common ingredients, tools you’ll need, how to store your soda and troubleshooting tips. Part 2 begins the recipes section of his book and Schloss starts with homemade soda recipes for Soda Drinks:
- Sparkling Waters
- Fruit Sodas
- Root Beers & Cola Brews
- Herbal Sodas & Healing Waters
- Fizzy Juices
- Sparkling Teas, Coffees & Chocolates
- Cream Sodas, Egg Creams & Floats
- Shrubs, Switchels & Other (Exotic Drinks)
Homemade Soda Recipes – My Thoughts On The Book
Andrew Schloss’ book is a very well written homemade soda recipes book that provides tremendous variety for the home soda enthusiast. When I first picked up this book, I had the misconception that the recipes would be time consuming and difficult with hard to find ingredients. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Most of the recipes in this book are very simple and easy to make with ingredients I had no difficulty locating. For those rare ingredients, Schloss’ resource section provides an easy method of obtaining them at the best possible price. I doubt I’ll ever make it through all 200 recipes but the ones I’ve tried so far have all been excellent.
The book contains recipes for everyone from the avid cola drinker to those who prefer more adventurous and exotic drinks. There are also healthful options, herbal drinks and even some “adult” beverages. There are simply too many recipes and varieties of soda to select any one as my favorite. However, the raspberry lime ricky, kiwi lime soda, grapefruit soda and strawberry pineapple soda are now regulars in our household due to their refreshing and incredibly simple recipes. I have to admit though, there were some real surprises for me within the homemade soda recipes Schloss includes. For example, I would likely have never tried the Black Lemonade or Apricot Raspberry Shrub on my own but found them to be surprisingly scrumptious and refreshing. Who knew I’d like a soda with ingredients such as peppers, clove and vinegar? I guess it just goes to show that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things.
Homemade Soda Recipes – My One Complaint:
Scholl’ book is not perfect, however, and I have one complaint that I want to point out and believe everyone needs to understand. Schloss mistakenly refers to the Sodastream as a Soda Siphon in the beginning of his book. While most experienced Soda Siphon and Sodastream users will recognize this error, those new to homemade soda recipes or the Sodastream would not and could follow the wrong set of instructions. It is important for any Sodastream user to follow the instructions that say “To Mix With Seltzer” and NOT “To Carbonate With A Siphon”. This is a very minor error but one I felt must be pointed out. I would hate for a new Sodastream user to follow the wrong instructions and end up with a sticky mess as a result. This has also helped me identify the need or another page on this site to explain the differences between the Sodastream and the Soda Siphon. It will be coming soon and I’ll update this page with a link when it is released.
In short, Schloss’ Homemade Soda Recipes book is truly the perfect companion to any Sodastream Home Soda Maker. It gives you a wide variety of homemade soda recipes to take control of your soda consumption. With the recipes in Schloss’ book, you get to control the sweeteners, eliminate the artificial ingrediens contained in commercial soda and end up with beverages that taste far better than their store bought equivalent. Finally, I have a resource to provide folks that write in for recipes or alternatives to the Sodastream Sodamix options available.
Note: For those that read primarily on your iPad or other full color device using the Amazon Kindle Application, the Homemade Soda Recipes Kindle Edition includes full color photos!
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