Thanks to the awesome folks at Mohegan Sun and Cait from Cait plus Ate, I now have my very own soda stream! The soda stream gives me the ability to turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. It’s pretty awesome, although, we don’t really drink a lot of soda (unless it’s mixed with rum… shhh!) But, we do love seltzer and now we have it at our fingertips!
I wanted to play around a little bit and experiment with different flavors we could add in. Because, really, who doesn’t love flavor? The first thing I tried out was raspberry mint. I added a 1/2 a cup of frozen raspberries, a few sprigs of fresh mint (chopped), a 1/2 a tsp of a sugar & stevia blend to 1 cup of water and brought it all to a boil. Then, I turned down the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. I strained the liquid into a measuring cup and poured it into the sparkling water I had made in the soda stream. So easy!
It was subtle, but it really added a nice, natural, refreshing flavor!
Next up was blueberry peach. I had a hard time sacrificing my fresh blueberries and peaches for my little flavor experiment but, I had a feeling it would be good. And I was right!
I used a 1/2 a cup of fresh blueberries, 1 whole peach (chopped) and a 1/2 a tsp of a sugar & stevia blend. I added it all to 1 cup of water and brought to a boil just like I had done before. After about 15 minutes, I took a hand held potato masher to it and gently mushed everything up a bit. Then, I let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
I strained it into a measuring cup and put the juices into the sparkling water! Another great flavor combo! This one was a little stronger than than the raspberry mint, probably because of the mashing and the extra cook time.
I think I might try something a little more adventurous next time, like maybe a strawberry basil? What flavor would you try?