Fizzy water – do you like it? We love it.
As a kid I drank a ton of soda (too much). As a adult in my early 20’s I continued on a Diet Coke, Cherry Cola path. Then I took a shameful look in the mirror after finishing my 5th can of Diet Coke and realized it wasn’t the soda that I loved, it was the carbonated water. It was that fizzy water burn that I craved. So we changed to instead of buying 2 liters of soda we bought 2 liters of seltzer water. Most times it was plain, sometimes it was flavored (I love cherry and lemon/lime). The great part was that suddenly I was drinking a ton of water. I lost a few pounds, the water made me feel fresh and I didn’t even miss the soda at all. Even to this day, I hardly ever crave soda. Occasionally on a special date I might order a Diet Coke but even then I’m no longer blown away by the taste.
Buying 2 liters of seltzer water adds up, so we bought a SodaStream machine years ago (1st generation). What a great investment it was and still is! It’s 100% a must have in our kitchen. A few months ago I noticed that KitchenAid was selling a Sparkling Beverage maker powered By SodaStream in colors aqua, black, cobalt, green, red, silver, orange and white. What do I love more than great kitchen gadgets? Ones that are colorful and look pretty! We got a aqua sky one, isn’t it a beauty?
Even though the majority of the time we just this for straight up carbonated water (we always have 3 bottles ready in the fridge) I had a craving for ginger ale. Whenever I feel sick, ginger ale is my super power to get me going again. I decided that instead of buying a bottle in stores, why not make a fresh ginger ale syrup with a few basic ingredients? If you love ginger ale you’re going to be a fan of this!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup peeled, chopped ginger
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint
- 1 star anise pod
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Carbonated Water
- Add 1/2 cup water to saucepan and bring to a low boil. Add ginger, mint, star anise and allspice and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. Take off the stove and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Strain liquid to remove all ginger chunks, mint leaves, star anise and allspice.
- In another saucepan add 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil making sure sugar is dissolved.
- Add ginger water to sugar syrup sauce pan and stir.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of ginger ale syrup to 8 oz glass of cold carbonated water. Stir and serve.
- Refrigerate any ginger ale syrup left over. I like to put it in a mason jar as it lasts for weeks.