Homemade Ginger Ale Soda with SodaStream (Made in 10 minutes)

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.

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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?

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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!

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I’ve recently become obsessed with star anise.  They’re perfect in soups too!  You can buy this from a Asian grocery. A entire box of them cost me $4 which I’m pretty sure will last me forever.
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The star of this drink is the ginger though.  It’s not overpowering, it’s just the right taste. Plus who doesn’t love the smell of fresh ginger? 
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So next time you’re craving ginger ale, stay inside and make your own.  And keep drinking fizzy water if you love that burn!Homemade-Sodastream-Ginger-Ale-Soda-Combo-3

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Homemade Ginger Ale Soda with SodaStream
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Ginger
  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup peeled, chopped ginger
  3. 3 tablespoons fresh mint
  4. 1 star anise pod
  5. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
Syrup
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. Carbonated Water
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Strain liquid to remove all ginger chunks, mint leaves, star anise and allspice.
  3. In another saucepan add 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil making sure sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add ginger water to sugar syrup sauce pan and stir.
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons of ginger ale syrup to 8 oz glass of cold carbonated water. Stir and serve.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate any ginger ale syrup left over. I like to put it in a mason jar as it lasts for weeks.
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