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Good Soda

Good Soda

I think that goods that are sold, marketed, and labeled as “Sustainable” and/or “Green” are a dying breed. In a few years, no one will be claiming that their product is sustainable or green – the product will need to be both sustainable and green (as we loosely define them currently) to truly succeed in the marketplace. I believe that organizations will simply make products that work well, minimize their impact on the environment, and are designed to last.

When I find something that meets those criteria, I am pleased – particularly if it helps me to reduce my impact. I recently found a product that helps me do just this with my soda consumption.

I drink a lot of soda. I mean a LOT of soda. I love it. It is definitely my primary vice. I know that it’s not good for my health, nor is it good for the planet. I consume a ton of it, and it creates a ton (probably literally) of waste. Sure, I recycle my soda cans and bottles. Recycling isn’t really creating positive change though, it’s more of a band-aid on the real problem – the amount that I am consuming. I am always looking for ways that I can improve my health and reduce my impact, and I think that I have found one that works for soda.

A friend (thanks Patrick and Jane!) gave us a Sodastream soda maker. When I first got it, I was like, hmmm wonder if this will work. I was a bit skeptical. I am, as I said, a prolific drinker of soda. This thing was going to have to make some really good soda to live up to my exacting soda standards. Here is the thing: It does. It makes really, really good soda. The best part? You can control the amount of “fizzy.” I love a fizzy, fizzy soda. With this device, I can get a fizzy, fizzy soda every time. To me, that’s priceless!

The Sodastream flavors are okay, but I want to experiment with making my own. My first experiment was a total disaster. I picked some mint from our CSA, and thought “I’ll make some mint soda!” I thought it sounded pretty refreshing. So I took the mint and mashed it up with a mortar and pestle, and then just added the juice and the pulp to the soda. The result? Horrific! It was really bad. Soda should not taste like that. I am clearly doing something wrong. I believe that I need to make some sort of syrup to have this work correctly, but I am not currently eating sugar – Any help on how I can accomplish this would be appreciated!

I think that Sodastream is a winner. I think it presents an alternative to purchasing a ton of sodas and generating a ton of waste. I also think that the product is fantastic – it truly delivers. This is what I look for in a sustainable product – something that does the job better than the alternative. I don’t want to use products that don’t work as well as their more conventional counterparts just because they are sustainable. That sustainable goods model is on it’s way out.

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Have you had any products really surprise you lately with the quality they deliver?
Do you have any tips or recipes for making a tincture/syrup/essence that would create a delicious soda if added to sparkling water?

6 Responses to Good Soda

  1. Well agave nectar has a bit of a taste to it – I am not sure that it would work. I need something that is tasteless (lol) that can act as a syrup base and isn't synthetic – but I will give it a shot.

    How do you think they get orange flavor?

  2. UPDATE: So I got some stevia and some splenda. i am going to try and concoct syrups with those two sugar substitutes and see how it goes.

    Also, I have a feeling that if I mix maple and ginger, the result will be like homemade Vernors. I am going to investigate how to pull it off, but I think it will be awesome. I also think that if I make one of those, it's going to be sugar bender time.

  3. I recently got a soda stream and I love it too! I also had a disastrous mint soda experience (tried to make a mint extract without sugar by boiling mint leaves and reducing the liquid – tasted like grass). I think the key is making your own syrups, the only scary thing about that is how much sugar is needed. Boutique sodas are becoming a big thing in NYC, old fashioned soda fountains are having a bit of a revival here.

  4. Yep, my mint soda also had a distinct grass-taste. Nothing wrong with a little experimenting though!

    I concur on the sugar thing – I made a simple syrup with Splenda, just to try it out. It came out okay, but it has a bit of an aftertaste I think. I used it to make a ginger brew, it turned out pretty good I think. Kind of like a Reed's, but less sweet.

    On the plus side, you don't need to use a ton of syrup to make the soda, so there is that.

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