50 Homemade Sodas

Homemade soda is just a mix of flavored syrup and seltzer or club soda. Adjust the ratio depending on how sweet you like it.

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Rhubarb Soda (No. 4)

How to Make Soda: For each drink, mix 2 to 4 tablespoons flavored syrup with 1 cup cold seltzer (unless otherwise instructed); add ice. Each recipe makes enough for 4 to 8 drinks.

1. Cherry-Vanilla Simmer 2 cups cherry juice, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 split, scraped vanilla bean (seeds and pod) over medium heat until syrupy, 15 to 20 minutes; strain. Let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.

2. Chocolate Simmer 1 cup each sugar and water with 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until syrupy, 6 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.

3. Chocolate-Cherry Make Cherry-Vanilla syrup (No. 1) and Chocolate syrup (No. 2). For each drink, mix 2 tablespoons cherry syrup with 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup; mix with seltzer.

4. Rhubarb Simmer 3 cups chopped rhubarb, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 cup sugar over medium heat until broken down and syrupy, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely, then strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve, pressing on the solids. Mix with seltzer.

5. Rhubarb Shrub Make Rhubarb syrup (No. 4). Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Cover; refrigerate 2 days. Stir; mix each 1/2 cup with 1/2 cup seltzer.

6. Cantaloupe Puree 4 cups cubed cantaloupe, 1/4 cup honey, the juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of salt; strain, pressing on the solids. Mix with seltzer.

7. Currant Simmer 1 cup black or red currant jelly with 2 tablespoons water until smooth; strain. Let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.

8. Balsamic-Fig Simmer 1 cup fig preserves with 2 tablespoons each balsamic vinegar and water until smooth; strain. Let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.

9. Licorice Simmer 1 cup each sugar and water with 1 tablespoon anise seeds over medium heat until syrupy, 5 minutes; strain. Let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.

10. Espresso-Licorice Simmer 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brewed espresso and 1/4 teaspoon anise seeds over medium heat until syrupy, about 10 minutes; strain. Let cool completely. Mix with seltzer.