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Old 01-04-2011, 06:12 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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This is not really a recipe, but more a thing to do as an alternative to store-bought pop (which I find too sweet).

I use seltzer water as the base, and mix in some guava juice I get at an Indian market and something called "saft", which is German for syrup. Just a little saft though since its syrup and more concentrated. You can get this at Ikea or at a european deli and it comes in different flavors(but it's optional).

I also sometimes squeeze half an orange using this manual juice presser. About a cup or so of orange juice comes out.

No porportions except for that one cup of orange juice, but you can play with the porportions to get the flavor you want...less or more sweet, less or more papaya, etc.

I mix this in one of those big English pint glasses they use for beer. Sometimes over ice (which makes for more than one serving). Since the carbonation wears off you can't keep it, but have to drink this concotion shortly after mixing it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:04 PM
 
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Default Homemade soda with a soda maker carbonation tool

The recipe in the post sounds great. Soft drinks made at home can be as healthy or as radical as you want them to be. At least 20 different companies out there are hawking their home soda maker machines for between $100 and $300. I have an inexpensive little thing called a Fizz Giz that sells for thirty bucks. My kids love carbonated Kool-Aid. Go figure! Mostly, I think they just like being empowered to make it themselves. And, I gotta agree with [Dayton Sux] on the guava - great in carbonated drinks.

I actually like cold seltzer water without sugar - maybe with a tiny bit of mint, peach or cherry extract for aromatic appeal. Sometimes I put a some grenadine in - great tasting syrup for carbonated drinks. You'll find the kits at www.fizzgiz.com - there's a list there of about 20 soda maker machine companies on the site.

With a 50-cent food grade 16-gram co2 cartridge, you can fully carbonate a six-pack of your own home brew in handy 12-oz single serving sized bottles. You can reuse existing soda bottles - you don't have to buy special bottles. And the co2 bulbs - you can buy them in most any bike shop in America or order them online.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Central North Carolina
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And the co2 bulbs - you can buy them in most any bike shop in America or order them online.
As an avid cyclist, I can save you some money. Go to WalMart, and go to the sporting department (where the guns, paint guns, or bb guns are) and get these cartridges for about half of what you'd pay at a bike store.

I used to use CO2 pumps for my bike tires (don't anymore, but that's another thread), and found this was a much cheaper way to go.

To the OP. Good topic, I might try that with my daughter, who is always looking for a healthy snack that is also fun
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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As an avid cyclist, I can save you some money. Go to WalMart, and go to the sporting department (where the guns, paint guns, or bb guns are) and get these cartridges for about half of what you'd pay at a bike store.

I used to use CO2 pumps for my bike tires (don't anymore, but that's another thread), and found this was a much cheaper way to go.

To the OP. Good topic, I might try that with my daughter, who is always looking for a healthy snack that is also fun
I'm up for saving money. 'preciate the tip. Some co2 bulbs are thoroughly cleaned inside and out by the manufacturer PRIOR to filling them with co2 and capping them. Some are NOT. Those metal bulbs that ARE thoroughly cleaned of all oily lubricants and subsequently filled with clean co2 are later sold as FOOD GRADE bulbs. I have used both. And I gotta tell you, those bulbs intended for use in paintball guns, life vests, etc make my drinks taste a bit like kerosene cocktails, if you get my drift. Reminds of back in the 70'ies on the USS Lexington, a class-C trainer carrier out-a-Pensacola FL. The JP5 jet fuel tanks were somehow connected to our potable water storage tanks. During rough seas, sloshing about, the jp5 would make its way into our water storage. And several levels up, water fountains right up under the flight deck would have that little familiar taste of petro. We called 'em jp5 cocktails then - probably still do now.
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