Be a Soda Jerk: Do-It-Yourself Soda Making

Pete Capella
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Oh soda, how you’ve been a staple of American culture. Popping (yeah, that was on purpose) up in the late 1800s-early 1900s, soda fountains were all the rage in the United States. Soda fountains eventually disappeared, giving way to bottled sodas. The soda industry soon blew up and soda producers became multi-million dollar corporations. Lucky for us, all things old have become new again with the resurgence of Pre-Prohibition cocktails and culture. Sodas are no exception. With the readily available supply of soda water, making your own soda syrups has never been easier.

Yes, it could be much easier just heading to the store and picking up a bottle of your favorite pop or even buying one of the easy-to-use SodaStream machines. But making your own custom soda syrups is easy and fun to do, incredibly cheap, and the possibilities are endless. All you need to make your own soda is soda water (or own a SodaStream to make your own), fruit and/or herbs/spices for the flavors you choose, sugar or any sort of sweetener and water. Make your own sodas for football Sundays, holiday gatherings or just for yourself to enjoy anytime.

Here is a one Savory idea for your homemade soda. But, again, the possibilities are endless. Apply this syrup technique to all of your soda flavors. 


Ginger Cinnamon Rosemary Pop

What you’ll need:

1 ginger root

1 cinnamon stick

2 sprigs of rosemary

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of water

Soda water


How to:

Grate 1-2 tablespoons (to taste) of ginger. Grate 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Pull the leaves of the 2 sprigs of rosemary. In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients (except the soda water) over high heat and bring to a boil. Keep stirring until sugar has dissolved and a syrup is formed. Let the syrup cool. Strain the liquid into a sealable container, leaving all solids behind. You can store sealed in a refrigerator for up to a week. To your taste, stir the syrup into soda water to create your perfect pop.

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