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My attempt at homemade pop syrups for my future Sodastream.

While considering buying the Sodastream, I also had to consider the syrups. If I could make my own syrups for myself and the kids that would be ideal. So when I found three recipes for soda syrups in a recent Chatelaine I was excited. Here is the link to all the recipes. Most of the ingredients can be bought without packaging or in bulk with your own bags. For the first recipe, Pink Rhubarb Syrup, I used Demerara sugar instead of white. The result was less pink syrup. Tasty though. I ended up eating all the sugary rhubarb that was the by-product of the recipe. Delicious. The resulting pop (when added to carbonated water) was very rhurbarby, like I was drinking a rhubarb pie.

The second pop was cream soda. I had no idea that cream soda syrup was so simple : water, brown sugar, white sugar and some vanilla. It was good too but not as great as the first one.

Then it was time for ginger ale. I will give my syrup another try but my first taste test was not pleasant. It was not at all like Canada Dry ginger ale. The pop tasted more like ginger, ginger. Overly sugary too.

I’m glad to know I have at least two syrups I can rely on when I am not just mixing the carbonated water with fruit juice. I also plan to try Fairy’s Lemon Cordial recipe that she posted on her blog, Organized Castle. I am so jealous of her lemon tree! Lemons don’t grow where I live. If you read the link you’ll see all the beautiful lemons and lemon juice she harvested.

If we buy the system, my husband will be relying on the Cola syrups sold by Sodastream. That’s fine with me because it will still reduce our current recycling immensely.

If you drink pop, what is your favorite flavour?


Why do we send valuable items like aluminium and food waste to landfill when we can turn them into new cans and renewable energy? Why use more resources than we need to in manufacturing? We must now work together to build a zero waste nation – where we reduce the resources we use, reuse and recycle all that we can and only landfill things that have absolutely no other use – Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (October 2009)


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


4 thoughts on “My attempt at homemade pop syrups for my future Sodastream.

  1. Coke.

    Posted by Susan | June 30, 2012, 4:30 am
  2. I drank Coke for years, couldn’t live without it,then I decided to give up sodas. A year later I wanted a soda so badly and purchased a coke, couldn’t drink it, it was gross. Now if I have a hankering for a soda the only one I can stand is Sprite.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 30, 2012, 2:50 pm


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