DIY orange soda delivers the same satisfying combination of sweet and tart you get from the commercial version, but mixed in with the familiar sharpness and prickly joy of orange soda is a new and exciting flavor I wasn't used to tasting in my soda—real oranges.
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This is a DIY project I would say is all about unique taste and quality rather than cost—at least until the grape season hits locally.
The exotic combination of chile and chocolate in these mole bitters is a perfect addition to cocktails made with tequila, mezcal, or dark rum.
The woodsy, complex flavors of root beer are right at home in a liqueur. Use it in cocktails like you would an amaro or in sweet concoctions for a bold and unusual flavor.
There is perhaps no recipe I've investigated that is as simple and yet as fraught with passionate argument regarding the "correct" way to make it as cornbread. Adding to this battle is not my purpose here.
Grapefruit bitters do double duty, giving a cocktail a little citrus lift along with the bitterness. These bitters go especially well with effervescent drinks or tequila and gin cocktails.
With pretty much everyone I know battling some form of cold/flu/sinus travesty, I started daydreaming about DIY instant soups free of questionable additives and shocking sodium content.
You can use all-natural ingredients and still get a grape soda that's bold in both color and flavor.
Black tahini offers a sweeter, nuttier flavor than tahini made with white sesame seeds. With such black gold at my finger tips, I decided to add it to a hummus that could stand up to it, pigment-wise. The color alone is sure to turn a few heads at your next gathering.
Swapping in cherry bitters for Angostura bitters can give your cocktails a subtle yet delightful boost, adding a hint of fruit while still delivering the bitterness your drink needs. The best part about making your own is you can customize your bitters to your cocktailing needs.
An easy peanut butter alternative, this nut spread is souped up with homemade pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup.
This DIY version of Drambuie isn't a carbon copy of the original—and that's the point. You can play around with flavors to create your ideal Scotch-and-honey masterpiece.
Starting with dried coconut flakes results in a non-dairy yogurt that tastes fresh and bright—without you having to break a sweat or crack a coconut.
A DIY recipe for homemade cherry cola syrup.
While similar to the commercial options, this DIY recipe is not an exact replica of what's on grocery store shelves. If you're looking for a cost-saving option that you are free to flavor to suit your own preferences, however, this is a great way to go.
Slightly less molar-cracking than the commercial version, this DIY cereal offers plenty of rich nutty flavor with a light malty sweetness.
When life gives you cranberries—which it always does this time of year—make cranberry liqueur. This bright red, tart liqueur can keep you in festive cocktails from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond.
Talk about set it and forget it: The only skill culturing your own buttermilk requires is patience.
Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that dates back to the 1500s. Much like gin, it's a neutral spirit flavored with botanicals—only caraway seed is the primary flavoring instead of juniper berries. Use aquavit instead of vodka in a cocktail recipe to add a bold and savory kick.
This version of the iconic cracker is just a little bit more solid, a little richer, and a little butterier than the grocery store option. It will stand up to but not overpower your soup.