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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Homemade Soda

A few years back, we began to notice a restaurant trend: creative mixologists making their sodas from scratch. Some of it was creative flavoring—fennel-lemongrass soda, for example. Others were the desire of mixologists to make the best-ever cola, root beer and ginger ale. All of it was all-natural.

Spice Market New York, owned by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, prepares its own sodas for guests who’d prefer something soft—and special. You can do it at home for your guests.

The Fresh Ginger Lime Soda and Cherry Yuzu Soda are customer favorites at Spice Market. The sodas are mixed from a base to which club soda (soda water) is added.

Impress family and guests with these homemade soda recipes, courtesy of Spice Market.

CHERRY YUZU SODA RECIPE

Makes 1 quart.

  • 3/4 cup yuzu juice
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4-3/4 cups frozen sour cherry purée*
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: lime wedge, orange slice, gourmet maraschino cherry
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    *You can make it by puréeing frozen cherries in the blender.

     

    Homemade soda is a treat, and fun to make. Photo courtesy Spice Market | New York.

     
    Preparation Per Drink

    1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 1/4 cup cherry yuzu base and 1/2 cup club soda.
    2. Stir, garnish and serve.
     
     
    GINGER LIME SODA RECIPE

    Makes 1 quart.

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups fresh lime juice
  • Simple syrup (recipe)
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: lime wheel, lemongrass stalk, strawberry (notched on rim of glass)
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    Preparation Per Drink

    1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 1/4 cup ginger lime base and 1 tablespoon simple syrup over ice. Top with club soda.
    2. Stir, garnish and serve.
     
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