Here’s a fun Father’s Day gift that will open your eyes to how great it is to make soda at home—and how much more popular you’ll be once you start doing it!
Anton Nocito, proprietor of P&H Soda Co. in Brooklyn, New York, has assembled his techniques and ideas into a new book, Make your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More.
All you need is a bottle of seltzer or a Sodastream and you’re on your way to becoming a great soda maker—and to enjoying real soda, without ubiquitous artificial colors, flavors and questionable sweeteners. You’ll:
Cherry Lime Rickey. Photo courtesy Make Your Own Soda | Clarkson Potter.
Grapefruit soda with homemade grapefruit
syrup. Photo courtesy Make Your Own Soda |
Then, relax with your creations. Natural sodas are vibrantly flavored: the zing of just-squeezed citrus juice, the intensity of ripe berries, the subtle perfume of fresh herbs.
And the ability to customize a drink that’s as sweet (or not) as you like, with conventional or low glycemic sweeteners (we successfully substituted agave nectar for the sugar).
Handmade syrups make all the difference in recipes for all-natural soda pop, floats, cocktails, punches and more: The book has a total of 70 recipes, simple and fun. Beautiful photographs make you want to make every one. This is cookbook that any soda lover will love.
Anthony Nocito is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and was an executive sous chef in the Union Square Hospitality Group. Artisanal soft drinks are obviously one of his passions. They may become one of yours, too.
CHERRY LIME RICKEY RECIPE
To show you how easy it is, here’s a sample recipe from the book. If you remember Brigham’s and Bailey’s casual restaurants in the Boston area, you remember the Raspberry Lime Rickey, as seductive a soft drink as ever graced a soda fountain—brightly colored, sweet and tart, a favorite of kids adults alike. Nocito’s version is a cherry lime rickey—very satisfactory. But you can always make a batch of raspberry syrup and relive the memories.
Ingredients For 1 Drink
1. FILL a tall glass with ice. Add the lime syrup, lime juice, and citric acid solution.
2. ADD the seltzer, float the cherry syrup on top and garnish with the lime wedge.
LIME SYRUP RECIPE
2. STORE in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.
CHERRY SYRUP RECIPE
2. STRAIN the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer; discard the fruit solids.
3. STORE in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.