Homemade Syrups

There are so many unusually flavored sodas and soda syrups out there lately that we decided to try our hand at making a few flavors. It’s surprisingly easy to make—you need is flavored simple syrup and seltzer water or club soda. We made three flavors: basic ginger soda, lemon rosemary soda, and spiced chai soda. Plus, you don’t even need to use the stove for these recipes. You can make the simple syrup in the microwave—it’s a great kitchen hack! Check out the flavors below, and then tell us what flavor you’d make in the comments!

Steeping Syrups

We love the way the steeping sodas look. They should each be steeped for at least 20 minutes. The ginger soda is best when left overnight.

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All it takes is a few tablespoons of the syrup, then top off your glass with some ice and seltzer! First up, how to make simple syrup in the microwave.

Microwave Simple Syrup
Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
– 1 cup water

– 1 cup sugar

Instructions:

1. In a microwave save container (we used a mason jar), heat the water until it’s steaming, but not boiling. (Approximately 2 minutes on high.)

2. Pour in sugar and stir until the mixture turns clear.

DIY Soda Bar

If you make multiple soda syrups, you can set up a DIY soda bar for your next dinner party and let guests choose their flavors.

Lemon Rosemary Soda
Lemon Rosemary Soda

Ingredients:

– 1 batch microwave simple syrup

– juice of two lemons

– 3 sprigs of rosemary, washed

Instructions:

1. Combine lemon juice, rosemary sprigs and simple syrup in your mason jar.

2. Close the mason jar and let steep for at least 20 minutes, preferably longer.

3. Strain rosemary sprigs and any lemon seeds out of the syrup.

4. Chill before adding to seltzer and serving with a rosemary garnish.

Lemon Rosemary Soda

Just a few simple ingredients make this tasty syrup. If you need to, fold the rosemary sprigs in half to fit in the jar.

Lemon Rosemary Soda

You might not need to strain this syrup, if there aren’t any seeds. You can just remove the rosemary sprigs.

Lemon Rosemary Soda

Chill the syrup before serving, and store in the refrigerator if you don’t use it up all at once.

Simply add seltzer or club soda to make the finished drink. You can vary the amount of syrup you use depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.

Ginger Soda
Ginger Soda

Ingredients:

– 1 batch microwave simple syrup

– juice of one lemon

– 1 medium-sized piece of ginger root, peeled and sliced

Instructions:

1. Combine lemon juice, ginger, and simple syrup in a mason jar.

2. Close mason jar tightly and let the syrup steep overnight.

3. Strain out ginger pieces and any lemon seeds.

4. Chill before adding to seltzer and serving.

Ginger Soda

You wan the ginger flavor to be strong, so the smaller the pieces the better. You can also mash them a bit before steeping.

Ginger Soda

Strain out any ginger and seeds. Beware of splashing!

Ginger Soda

The longer you leave the ginger steeping, the stronger the flavor will be.

Ginger Soda

Top with seltzer and serve!

Spiced Chai Soda
Spiced Chai Soda

Ingredients:

– 1 batch microwave simple syrup

– 3 black tea bags or 3 tablespoons loose leaf black tea

– 2 cinnamon sticks

– 1 2-inch piece of orange peel

– 2 whole star anise pods

– 4 cardamom pods

– 1/4 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

– 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

Instructions:

1. Combine simple syrup, tea bags, orange peel and spices in a mason jar.

2. Close jar tightly and let steep for at least 20 minutes

3. Remove tea bags then strain remaining spices.

4. Chill before adding seltzer and serving.

Spiced Chai Soda

This syrup takes on a beautiful rich amber color almost immediately from the tea.

Spiced Chai Soda

Be sure to close the jar tightly. If the tea bag strings get in the way, cut them off and simply strain out the tea bags.

Spiced Chai Soda

You’ll have a lot more to discard with this recipe.

Spiced Chai Soda

If you don’t want to make soda, you can also add this to steamed milk to make a chai latte.

Spiced Chai Soda

We love the bright (and natural!) caramel color of this soda.

Sodastream

We used an at-home carbonator made by Sodastream for the seltzer we added to our syrups.

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Garnish the drinks with a few of the ingredients for that extra touch.

Cheers

Cheers! What kind of soda will you be making? Tell us in the comments!