Soda has been one of the hardest things for me to give up while transitioning to Paleo/Primal. Diet soda to be exact. There’s just something about that bubbly sweetness that I just can’t seem to give up. I’m better, in that I don’t drink a 2 liter a day anymore, but I do sometimes allow my self a diet soda (or 2 or 3) when we go out to dinner. I always told myself “it’s diet soda, it’s no big deal” but really, it is. There is nothing good in that list of ingredients, and yet you can’t pry it out of my cold dead hands.
I’ve been drinking it less and less as my diet has moved to natural, whole, organic foods, but it’s still always there. But then one day, I had an idea. There has been a soda maker sitting in our hall closet for two years collecting dust. I decided to give making my own soda a try. This is the first recipe that I came up with, and now it’s a staple. It’s not calorie free, but has just enough sweetness and fizziness to get me over my cravings.
Ginger Basil Pop
1 liter water plus 2 cups
1/4 cup sliced ginger root
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar (more if you prefer sweeter)
Add 2 cups of water, the basil, and ginger to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Once it boils, reduce the heat to low and reduce until 1/2 cup of water remains. Strain through a cheese clothe and then put back in the saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the sugar and stir until sugar is melted. Continue cooking and reduce until approximately 1/4 cup of syrup remains, it should coat your spoon. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
While your syrup cools, prepare your carbonated water per the instructions on your soda maker. Slowly add your cooled syrup to your carbonated water until combined. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight, and enjoy!
Did you try this recipe? Comment below and tell me what you think!