So my fiance and I did a soda-free September as a part of Operation: Get Sexy. We cheated towards the end, but I do not plan to ever make soda as much of a part of my life like I did before. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I did! And I have a secret to share to help those of you who might be struggling as you try to cut out those carbonated sugar syrups from your diet as well.
Yes, you heard me. Herbal infused sodas are my new thing. I just make a little herbal tea, add raw sugar, a bit of honey and BAM! I have a great alternative to those nasty, hater drinks that cost way too much.
To make your own soda you’ll need the following:
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 3/4 cup raw sugar
- 2 Tbsp – 1/4 cup fresh ginger (The amount here can vary depending on how ginger you want it. My first bath was too ginger and my second batch wasn’t gingery enough. I opted for 3 Tbsp. in my go-to recipe.)
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries (This is optional, but totally great for boosting the immune system during the cold/flu season!)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey (optional)
- carbonated water
First take your hibiscus, ginger, sugar, and elderberries and add 1 cup of filtered water. Bring this to a boil over medium high heat. Turn your heat down and simmer for about 3-4 minutes, then turn the heat off and allow it to cool a tad.
Strain the herbs away from the liquid. Toss the herbs and add the liquid syrup to a glass jar. While it is still warm, mix in your honey (optional). Keep refrigerated.
When I first started making sodas a few weeks ago the original recipe said 3 Tbsp. per 8 ounce glass. However, I just take a bottle of carbonated water and empty it into an empty jug of water. I then add 1/2 cup of syrup for the small, 28 ounce bottle and 3/4 cup to the bigger 34 ounce bottles. You can then use a funnel to get it back in, but you’ll have to pour yourself a glass first as it won’t all fit.
I keep these bottle stocked and I make sure everything is cold first. Since the syrup should be refrigerated anyway, I just rotate the bottle of Pellegrino as needed. Because elderberries are so naturally sweet and delicious, this stuff doesn’t last long around here!
You can make things easier on yourself and purchase in bulk for year-round soda goodness! You can experiment with other flavors to make the perfect concoction for your family.