I will do whatever I have got to do to get even one little slurp of that liquid happiness. the Mama is pretty health conscious. She doesn’t really like the whole store bought soda thing. She avoids high-fructose corn syrup like the plague and she even limits her regular sugar intake. But she is practically obsessed with cream soda. Every now and again, she just *has to have some*, but this:
Just doesn’t look very appetizing to the Mama. How much red dye is in this stuff? Is it supposed to be DayGlo?
So many many moons ago, the Mama started making her own cream soda. After our post last weekend, we received a number of emails asking us just how we make it..
It’s just as easy to make cream soda as it is to make iced tea.
We usually already have the ingredients in the house, making it super easy to indulge my soda craving. All you need is soda water, half & half (or coffee cream), vanilla, lemon juice, & stevia syrup or simple syrup.
In a tall glass, pour soda water over ice to 3/4 full. Add a healthy splash of half & half, a little splash of vanilla (use the good stuff! I use Watkin’s double-proof vanilla) and a teensy tiny splash of lemon juice. Sweeten to taste using stevia syrup (1 – 2 tsp.) or simple syrup (1 to 1.5 oz.). Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times more sweet than sugar!!
This recipe lends itself really well to making *flavoured* cream sodas which are delish! Just add a healthy dash of flavouring extract – our favourite is cherry or rootbeer!
the Mama has also made homemade ginger ale (another favourite) by boiling 1 cup fine chopped fresh ginger with 2 cups water for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it sit for 20 minutes Strain the ginger chunks out and chill the mix. Pour 1/2 cup ginger water and 1/2 soda water over ice and sweeten to taste with stevia syrup or simple syrup.
What do you make at home that you love?!
You can buy simple syrup or you can make it by boiling 2 cups water and adding 2 cups white sugar. Stir over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved and you can’t see any crystals left. Let cool, place in clean glass jar and store in fridge! TA DA!
You can buy stevia liquid or you can make it one of two ways:
1. Dissolve 1 tsp. Stevia leaf powder into 2 cups water and bring it to a gentle boil.Simmer over medium heat stirring, until liquid thickens. remove from heat & let cool.
2. Pour 2 cups warm water over 1/2 c. fresh, finely crushed stevia leaves. Let cool, then set in fridge for 24 hours. Store in a sealed glass jar.
Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times more sweet than sugar!!