Almost a year ago, my parents bought me a SodaStream soda maker. I didn’t even ask for it! But somehow my mom knew I needed one. I absolutely ADORE this machine! Basically, it allows me to make carbonated water. Then I add flavor to the carbonated water to make a sparkling drink or soda. You can purchase soda flavors in stores or on-line, but what fun is that?
My first attempt at homemade soda was cream soda, which is basically vanilla flavored soda. I’m not much of a cream soda drinker, but I had all the ingredients on hand and it looked pretty easy to put together. It was very easy and it’s very good. If you don’t have the SodaStream, you can purchase carbonated water and put the syrup in it. Just make sure that the carbonated water is cold and go slowly when adding the flavored syrup because the water will fizz up as the syrup is added.
- 2 cups cane sugar (Sugar in the Raw)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
- ¼ cup water
- In a medium pan, heat sugar and water over medium high heat until carmelized (I had no idea how to tell when brown sugar is caramelized, so I just cooked it until it smelled like caramel).
- Remove pan from heat and carefully add 2 cups water and lemon juice.
- Add vanilla bean and seeds, return pan to heat and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and allow to stand for 1 hour.
- To keep syrup: pour into an airtight container.
- To make cream soda: add syrup to taste to carbonate water.
Adapted from Martha Stewart.
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