8 Delicious (and Healthy!) Sodas You Can Make at Home
When thirst calls, nothing quenches quite like a sparkling beverage. But if the latest research is anything to go by, soda isn’t what we should be reaching for. Not only does it dull your taste buds, but new research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that consuming diet soda increased abdominal obesity in adults over the age of 65, while a study published in the journal Circulation says it could lead to 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide. And it doesn’t take much to ditch the sugary stuff. Just swap one sugary drink a day for a healthy one, and you’ll reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. So what are you waiting for?
We’ve rounded up some of the best homemade sodas using a few fresh ingredients and bubbles courtesy of your own carbonation system, SodaStream. Now you can enjoy the flavors you love with the fizz you crave and just a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in commercial kinds. Scroll down for a few of our favorite healthy soda alternatives you’ll love.
This traditional treat will be enjoyed and guzzled by the whole family. There’s something sentimental about this Italian seltzer that makes it worth seeking out. You can’t help but fall for its deep scarlet color that layers so beautifully with ice and sparkling water. Add a little cream to the mix and surprise the kids. The recipe is really simple and fun to make too.
There’s something therapeutic about a lemon, honey, and ginger drink. Aside from the obvious health benefits, there’s a real ahhh feeling when it hits your lips and you just instantly feel better. Well, now you can enjoy this traditional homemade remedy as a bold and refreshing soda every day, with a hint of mint. The recipe is just as fun as the drinking of it.
There’s something regal about the bittersweet pomegranate. Once you crack its simple exterior, you’re rewarded with an extravagant, lush fruit that’s bursting with flavor and goodness. If you can’t handle the fiddly seeds, then crush them into a cordial to make this delicious soda. The color is just as inviting as the flavor. Try the recipe and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
We’ll admit that celery isn’t the first food we’d pick for a soda alternative, but after reading this, you might just be convinced. This delicious, crisp drink is slightly sweetened with a punch of lemon juice and fresh mint. On a hot day, the slightly salty flavor of celery is incredibly refreshing, and it’s loaded with vitamin C and potassium, so this soda recipe really is good for you too.
There’s a fine line between ripe and over-ripe fruit, and while the latter isn’t very nice to eat, it’s simply perfect for juicing. That’s why we love this fizzy, pulpy soda, because it turns something old into something new and delicious. The rosemary in the recipe sounds strange at first, but paired with the plum, it’s a nice botanical touch you’ll love.
It’s sweet, sour, and super thirst-quenching—what more could you want from a drink? The lime and the strawberry work in perfect opposing symmetry while the basil adds a fresh twist to really challenge those taste buds. But if you really want to step it up a notch, add a dash of tequila to the recipe, or make them into ice cubes. Half Baked Harvest froze the fruit in some tequila and lime juice: game changer.
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as ice-cold watermelon. It cools you down immediately, and the crunch is just as sweet as the flavor. This Agua Fresca recipe is one of the simplest and most delicious concoctions, and if watermelon isn’t your flavor, then swap it out for a different fruit; strawberries, raspberries, and honeydew will work too.
There are just some flavor combinations that can't beat, and pineapple and mint is definitely one of them. The sweetness of the fruit with the freshness of the herb is the ultimate thirst quencher. While it makes the perfect daytime drink—loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants—it's also an invigorating cocktail option. Impress your party friends and add a dash of rum to this pineapple mint punch recipe for fun.