Most days my beverage of choice is water. It quenches my thirst, has zero calories, and no caffeine. I had some issues with caffeine years ago and have really reduced my caffeine intake. So while water is my beverage of choice I still like to drink a soda every now and then.
When I drink soda I generally drink either diet soda or gingerale. Gingerale is perfect for when I have a stomachache or just need something bubbly that doesn't have caffeine. My only issue with diet gingerale is the artificial sweetener. So I set out to find a way to make my own soda.
I found a recipe for a ginger spice syrup. It was easy to make and has sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in it. I simply boiled the ingredients on the stove and then let it cool. To make the soda I simply mixed the syrup with bubbly water and that was it!
I absolutely love this soda! I like that I have the control over how much syrup to put in it. I can make it as sweet as I want. The soda is bubbly and spicy. I added in more ginger then the recipe called for to make it more like gingerale and it is perfect for when I have an upset stomach.
The syrup keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks so it's easy to make a batch of the syrup and then enjoy homemade soda all week long! The best part is that you know what ingredients you are drinking and there is no caffeine, no artificial sweeteners, and no artificial colors.
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 c. water
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- Bubbly water
- To make the syrup combine the sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves then poor the syrup into an air tight container.
- To make a homemade soda stir 1-2 tablespoons of the ginger syrup into 1 cup of seltzer or other bubbly water.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, December 2016.