I love the idea of making homemade anything a little out of the ordinary. I’ll be honest, soda isn’t something I drink much (or any) of. It’s always super sweet and the flavours always seems strange, and even rather gross, to me. But since anything homemade is always millions of times better than store bought, I accepted the offer to review the book The Artisan Soda Workshop by Andrea Lynn. I’m so happy I did! This blackberry Lavender Soda wasn’t sweet at all, which for me was perfect. You could always adjust the sweetness to your liking. I did find though that I needed to add quite a bit more of the syrup to the seltzer to get the taste I wanted. Can’t wait to drizzle the rest of the syrup on vanilla ice cream or use it in a tasty cocktail.
The Artisan Soda Workshop is a cute, little (read: perfect for stocking stuffers!) book on everything to do with making sodas. With over 70 different recipes you’ll definitely be able to find many you’d like to make. There are recipes for copycat sodas, berry based sodas, sodas made with herbs and spices as well as recipes for aqua fresca and shrubs (a delicious fruity/vinegary beverage.) There’s also a small section of cocktail recipes (yes!) All of the recipes involve you making a syrup and then adding the syrup to carbonated water. If you don’t have a SodaStream you can always use store-bought seltzer instead. Or if you want to order one online you can do that here and then I’ll get a small commission which would be really darn awesome.
Some of the recipes I can’t wait to make are:
- Mango Chile Syrup
- Lemon Thyme Syrup
- Sea Salt Lime Syrup
- Riesling Raspberry Syrup
- Strawberry Balsamic Shrub
- Rhubarb Basil Syrup
- Cinnamon Syrup
The Artisan Soda Workshop‘s publishing company, Beth Cook Publicity, generously offered a copy of this cookbook to one lucky reader of The Endless Meal. Leave a comment on this blog post and you will be entered to win. The draw will take place on December 7th and the winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Good Luck!
Congratulations on winning The Artisan Soda Workshop, Vita!
*Vita has a great website called The Juicer Depot. Check it out for all of your juicing needs
- 2 cups blackberries
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup raw cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- In a medium pot, combine the blackberries, water, sugar, and lavender. Bring to a boil over high heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, and simmer until the berries are completely softened, about 10 minutes. After about 5 minutes, smash the blackberries with a masher.
- When finished cooking, remove from the heat and let cool. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the berries and lavender from the syrup, making sure to press the berries against the strainer to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the blueberries and lavender.
- Refrigerate the syrup in a covered container for up to 5 days.