Using this DIY soda syrup recipe, and flavoring ideas, to create your own homemade soda is simple and fun. Yes, homemade soda can be healthy!
I’m not a big soda drinker, but when it’s hot in the summer, soda is so refreshing! Something about the bubbles. Today’s sodas are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, additives, and preservatives. By making your own syrup, you can avoid all the gunk. Here are a few recipes that are so easy to make.
Homemade Soda Syrup Sweetener
I prefer to use real sugar. There are vegan sugars available if that is your choice, or you can make these from alternative sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit. If you choose an alternative sweetener, remember that they are often sweeter than sugar. You’ll need to do some adjusting to find the level of sweetness that you like. I would start with 1/4 of what the recipe calls for in sugar and build from there. You can always add more, but when it’s already in the syrup, you can’t take it out.
Syrup Addition Ideas
There is literally no end to what you can make as far as syrups. I’ll list a few of my favorites below, but use your imagination to come up with more. I’ll even include an iced tea syrup! Just be sure that your fruits and vegetables are clean and at the peak of freshness with no bruises or bad spots.
Basic Homemade Soda Syrup Recipe
The basic soda syrup recipe is simple. Water and sugar and a pinch of salt.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- pinch of salt
- Begin making your homemade soda by combining the sugar and water and bringing it to a boil, making a simple syrup.
- Add a pinch of salt. This helps with electrolytes, especially in the hot summer sun.
- Once your simple syrup is done, add the fruit or veggie additions. Chop into small pieces or puree. Herbs should be roughly chopped as well, or at least bruise the leaves to release the flavor.
- Simmer everything together for about 20 minutes. Cool a bit, then strain.
- Keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days (if it lasts that long!).
Soda Syrup Flavor Ideas
These are a few of my favorite homemade soda mixtures. You can add more for a more concentrated syrup.
Add half a cup of grapefruit sections with a few Tablespoons of fresh mint.
Mash half a cup of blueberries with a few Tablespoons of basil leaves.
Inspired by a candle, this makes a great soda. Cube half a cup of pineapple to a teaspoon of cilantro leaves.
Just like the blueberry above, but use a cup of chopped peaches for this homemade soda flavor.
Like the syrup you can find at your local coffee shop, this syrup has a cup of chopped strawberries paired with a cup of rose petals. Different roses have different flavors, so experiment with this one!
This homemade soda flavor is a bit different. Substitute coconut water for the regular water and add half a cup of lime sections.
Boil 12 bags of tea with your water to make a very strong tea. Then add the sugar and proceed as you normally would. Add lemon if you like.
Holy Basil Lemon Balm
Make a strong tea as above. I like the simple, clean flavor of this homemade soda flavor.
Mash a cup of blackberries and add a Tablespoon of lime zest.
Chop a cup of fresh beets and a Tablespoon of fresh basil.
These are just a few of the combinations that I like. Feel free to add whatever you like.
Building Your Homemade Soda
Now that your syrup is done, you can start making your soda. This can vary too, with the lightness or boldness that you desire.
- 1/2 cup fruit syrup
- ice to the top
- cover with carbonated water
That’s it! This homemade soda syrup recipe makes DIY soda simple and even and healthy!