Crafting Homemade Soda

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Everyone needs a little sweetness in life. If you love drinking soda but want to cut back on artificial additives or chemicals, the easy answer is making your own homemade sodas.

Four Soda Syrups You Need to Try Now

Combine 2 ounces of the syrup from each of the following recipes with 8 ounces of your choice of either seltzer or club soda for the ultimate drink. 

Ginger Ale: If you like store-bought ginger ale, you will love this all-natural version! Combine equal parts of water, honey and peeled, sliced ginger in a small saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Cool on the counter and then strain.

Vanilla Soda: Pure cane sugar and real vanilla beans make this soda taste amazing. For each cup of water, add two split vanilla beans and 1 cup of sugar to a saucepan. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let cool completely before straining. 

Peach Soda: This sweet and bubbly beverage is a favorite for both adults and children. Dice five fresh peaches and combine with 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; then reduce to a simmer. Stir and be careful not to burn the sugar. Cook until the peaches begin to break down and a syrup forms. When the peaches completely break down, remove from heat and crush the peaches with the back of a wood spoon. Strain through a fine sieve and press the peach pulp to remove as much juice as possible. Cool. 

Pink Grapefruit Soda: A refreshing drink any time of year. Combine the juice and zest of one pink grapefruit, with a cup of sugar and a cup of water. Bring to a boil in a small saucepan and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let cool on the counter. Strain. 

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