Tropical Paradise in a Glass

Today I made a new flavored syrup to use with our SodaStream.

I let my kids try it and they said, “It’s like a tropical paradise in our mouths!” (They are 7 and 9 years old).
I tried it and couldn’t claim the same. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. It was because I had brushed my teeth about 20 minutes before and still have the minty essence on my taste buds. So I will give my formal opinion on it later. So for now, here’s the recipe:

Tropical Paradise Flavored Syrup

3/4 cup Pineapple Juice
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp (actually about 3/4 full) imitation Coconut Extract

Bring to boil while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool Completely.

Again, I used 3 Tbsp of syrup with 6 to 8 ounces of carbonated water.

ENJOY!
Reminder: ONLY carbonate water with the SodaStream.

Making Your Own Pop (Soda)

More often then not I drink water, but I’ve been getting tired of the bland taste all the time, and happened to mention it to my husband awhile ago.

Two weeks ago, while he was shopping, he spied a SodaStream Soda maker on sale and bought it. It came with 6 trial sized flavored syrups, three of which we did not try. (We don’t drink Diet, Energy drinks, or Grapefruit). The other three were gone in one day (Root Beer, Orange, & Lemon-Lime).

I had been trying to think of what I could make to use in the SodaStream until we could purchase a few of the syrup flavors. I had searched online for different ideas: infused water, homemade syrups and thought that I could probably come up with something else using simple syrup.

Well… last night, I did just that.

I made a simple syrup, and while it was cooling I added a few tasty extracts and came up with a refreshing low calorie idea:

Strawberry-Lemon Mint Syrup

Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar

Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool completely.

Additives:
1 tsp. ReaLemon lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Imitation Strawberry extract
1/8 tsp. Pure Peppermint extract

I added them in while the syrup was still warm. Cooled it almost completely before storing it in a plastic squeeze bottle with a cap.

I’m glad I didn’t double the simple syrup recipe as the 1:1 ratio filled the squeeze bottle and had enough left over to make a cup of pop.

I shared the first cup with my kids; they thought it was pretty good. I think it was too.
It’s sweet, and the strawberry and mint come through. I personally can’t taste the lemon very much, so I might increase it next time around.

I used about 2-3 Tbsp of the syrup per cup of water, about 5 servings–and ONLY 77 calories per serving.

 

If you have a SodaStream, please remember: you’re only suppose to carbonate the water.

ENJOY!