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Make Your Own Soda: 75 Recipes for Fresh, All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More [Paperback]

Anton Nocito , Lynn Marie Hulsman
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20 Jun 2013
Sweet-tart lime. Bright cherry. Creamy vanilla.
Natural sodas are vibrantly flavored with the zing of just-squeezed citrus juice, the sweetness of ripe berries, or the subtle perfume of fresh herbs. And with the popularity of countertop appliances that turn tap water into sparkling water, it’s easier than ever to make the real thing in your own kitchen: simply mix a fresh soda syrup with bubbly water for a drink that’s as sweet (or not) as you like—minus any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
            In Make Your Own Soda, you’ll find 70 recipes for all-natural syrups with unique, artisanal flavors like pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus, as well as old-time favorites like ginger, sarsaparilla, and grape. You’ll also find great ways to use homemade syrups to create soda fountain classics (Chocolate Egg Cream), great cocktails (Lovage Gin Fizz), and hot drinks (Hot Apple Spice Cup), all as delicious as they are distinctive.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770433553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770433550
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 11 Aug 2013
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After a gap of some years, this book really inspired me to get going again with the home-made lemonade and ginger beer, plus trying out some more exotic ideas. The idea of making syrups and then just adding sparkling water is a very good one, especailly if you have a Sodastream, because you save money while at the same time making sure the ingredients in your drinks are wholesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best soda syrup recipe book out there 20 Oct 2013
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I bought a SodaStream and soon started wondering whether I could make my own syrup. I quickly discovered that I was not alone and that there were several very good books out there to help me get going.

This is actually a review of three books about making your own soda. I got all three books out of the trusty Baltimore County Public Library and had a wonderful time experimenting.

The Artisan Soda Workshop: 75 Homemade Recipes by Andrea Lynn

This is the best book for those looking for recipes for syrups to put into their SodaStream bottles for two reasons: the syrups are pretty good and the concentration is right. They recipes are typically 1.5 to 2 tablespoons per 8-10oz glass, so you will need cup of syrup at the very most to work with the SodaStream 1 liter bottle - which is just perfect. Neither of the other books create syrups that have the right concentration. Indeed, this book is design for SodaStream and the author lists SodaStream as one of the essentials. The author is not affiliated with SodaStream. The book covers all the basic syrups and uses a variety of different sweeteners, picking the one that she most feels complements the recipes. As others have noted, this book is small, but that is just fine. When you only have a few ingredients on a page combined with some pretty basic instructions, you don't need to kill the trees. Two minor issues with the book: no index and no resources section. This book does not contain any information on fermentation for those interested in self-fizzing sodas.

Homemade Sodas: 200 Recipes by Andrew Schloss

This the best general book on making sodas, but not the best in any particular category, although it is the only one with a recipe section for using sodas in regular cooking. You can make syrups and learn about using fermentation, and there are recipes, including the famous seltzer matzo balls. Nice index and helpful section on resources. There is also a comprehensive introduction to soda making and good information on sweeteners. For those using a SodaStream, the concentration will not work with your SodaStream bottle, but, of course, you can just put syrup into a glass and add seltzer. Unfortunately, there are some clunker recipes, and I still have nightmares about the Date + Balsamic Vinegar experience.

If you are only looking for SodaStream, go for the Artisan Soda Workshop; if you are only interested in fermentation, you might want to look at True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home by Emma Christensen; if you are looking for the best soda syrups available, then head for the next book, by Anton Nocito.

Make Your Own Soda by Anton Nocito

This book is in a different league to the others. This chap is the soda-maker royal to Martha Stewart! This is the put ice in a tall glass, add 3 tablespoons of syrup (plus a tablespoon of lemon juice or a dash of this or that - depending on the recipe), add seltzer, kick off the shoes and relax book. Wonderful index and resources. Here is an example of why this book is in a different league: The cream soda in the Lynn and Schloss books consists of just vanilla beans, water, and sugar. In the Nocito book, that basic recipe is called vanilla soda. Nocito's cream soda includes boiling sugar in lemon water to caramelization before adding more lemon water, the vanilla beans, and a dash of salt.Wow! What a difference! I am still on the fence as to whether or not to buy this book because I really just need syrups for SodaStream. (I bought the Artisan Soda book). I suspect that the lure of such great sodas will be too much for me and I will eventually give in an buy this book.

Just a quick warning before you run off to try to make your own syrups: Cola is very, very complex, and you will not be able to reproduce Coke. Root beers are also very complex, with lots of ingredients. With such complex syrups, the effort may be more than it is worth. If you are going for cream/vanilla soda or ginger ale (basically, sliced ginger, water, sugar, plus some ground ginger for extra oomph), then you will be fine - just remember to get the best ingredients.

Enjoy your soda experience!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great so far! 5 Jun 2013
By M. Herzel - Published on
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This book is a nice easy read with simple instructions on how to make great soda. So far I have only tried the Ginger Ale, which is great, and I am looking forward to trying the others. If you are trying to make the food in your life a bit less reliant on store-bought chemical-filled products but still occasionally enjoy a sweet treat than I can highly recommend this book for you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Sweet Book 1 Aug 2013
By jellis - Published on
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This recipe book is beautiful, with concise, easy to follow recipes for delicious soda syrup and cocktails. I knew the recipes would be good (I try to enjoy a P&H Soda whenever I am in New York), but the book is a comprehensive guide to equipment and ingredients, along with interesting soda and cocktail history, and some sweet childhood memories as well. All in all, it's a joy to look at and read, and the results are delicious. The teenagers have declared it the best cream soda ever! For anyone who has a Soda Stream or other carbonator, this book is a must. Even if you use purchased carbonated water, making your own syrup is a delicious and fun alternative to store-bought soda, and Make Your Own Soda will get you started, and definitely has something for everyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and Fun To Make at Home Sodas and Drinks in a Wide Variety of Flavors. 9 Nov 2013
By mirasreviews - Published on
After concocting some delicious homemade sodas on my own, I decided to consult a book on the subject, in search of more recipes for delectable drinks. “Make Your Own Soda” by the P&H Soda Co. founder Anton Nocito contains 70 recipes for soda syrups with accompanying drink recipes in five sections: Soda Syrups from the Farm, which are fruit syrups; Soda Syrups from the Pantry; Egg Creams, Egg Shakes, and Ice Cream Sodas; Cocktails; and Hot Drinks. These recipes are for flavored syrups to which you add carbonated water in the form of store-bought seltzer or home-made if you own a Soda Stream or similar gadget. They’re not for naturally carbonated –meaning fermented- sodas.

There is some useful introductory information about carbonation, flavors, and sweeteners. The recipes range from simple sodas like lime, ginger, and cherry to the conspicuously artisanal like Dried Fig Shrub. There are some classic ingredients that one doesn’t normally associate with sodas too, like Dried Apricot and Burdock Syrup and Orgeat Syrup, which is almond-flavored. Most syrup recipes also feature a recipe for how to use that syrup to make a drink, and recipes using multiple syrups in each drink are interspersed throughout. The section on Egg Creams, Egg Shakes, and Ice Cream Sodas features dessert drinks and, along with the Cocktails sections, includes some recipes that contain raw egg. The straightforward sodas are more to my taste, and I’ve found a lot to like. I’ve been pleased with the fruit sodas. Less so with the recipe for Cream Soda.

I haven’t found making sodas at home to be less expensive than buying natural sodas on sale, but it’s fun to try an endless variety of flavors, mix them any way I like, and adjust the sweetness to my taste. I keep a couple of syrups in containers in the refrigerator and break out some ice cubes and seltzer whenever I want a soda. If you find some of the soda recipes too sweet, you can just reduce the sugar in the syrup. Want more flavor? Just add more. Diabetic or low-carb? You can make the soda syrups with stevia. “Make Your Own Soda” is well-designed, with nice photos, glossy pages, good organization, and easy-to-follow instructions. The recipes run the gamut. Though it’s unlikely anyone will like all of these flavors, there is something here for everyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 5 Aug 2013
By B. Garber - Published on
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This book is great, especially if you want to get away from commercially prepared sodas. Many different types of syrups to make but all take few ingredients and seem easy to make. I've only made a few so far and haven't been disappointed.
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