Figs and balsamic vinegar are a classic pairing, and make a remarkably delicious soda.
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In this simple drink, smoky mezcal offers a savory quality that unfolds on your tongue, and apple soda provides a bracing tartness.
A modern take on "sumac-ade" is a fun, refreshing thirst quencher.
Boiled Coke with ginger and lemon started off as a popular cold remedy in Hong Kong, but now it's a popular anytime drink that's found at pretty much all Hong Kong diners. As a first-time, not sick drinker, I found it surprisingly pleasant. The cold and fizzy are gone, but you're left with sweet, spicy, a little tart, a smidge medicinal—all things that would feel restorative on a cold day or in a stream of warmth going down a sore throat.
You can use all-natural ingredients and still get a grape soda that's bold in both color and flavor.
The pretty purple hue of this soda comes from a simple homemade blueberry syrup.
A DIY recipe for homemade cherry cola syrup.
Homemade root beer is earthy, bold, and sweet all at the same time.
Ginger beer is ginger ale's sinister cousin: much or ginger and a little less sweet, but still (mostly) non-alcoholic. It can be made easily at home with simple ingredients and materials.
If you're unhappy with the flavor of commercial tonics and like to geek out in the kitchen, DIY tonic is a lot of fun. This basic recipe goes well with gin and is a great starting point for playing with your own unique herb and spice combinations.
This is a lovely, iced tea-colored sipper that refreshes perfectly, and wonderfully complements a smoky prosciutto on toast. It's drier than your standard Pimm's Cup, with just soda, ginger, and lemon slices instead of sweet sparkling lemonade, and wedges of heirloom cantaloupe instead of cucumbers (they're botanical cousins).
These ice cream sodas are refreshing and light enough to be appreciated on a hot humid day; but they're so beautiful and sophisticated, you can serve them at a dinner party. Fresh berries, homemade raspberry soda, and strawberry ice cream come together beautifully in each glass.
This recipe was developed for Christmas Hot Dogs but tastes great on its own as well. Spiked with cocoa and cinnamon, it's similar to a Greek or Cincinnati-style chili but not as aggressively spiced. I wanted to keep the spice...