Traditionally made, fermented, homemade soda is the beverage of choice in our home. Such drinks like kombucha, kvass, and homemade root beer are loaded with probiotics, are delicious to drink, and greatly assist digestion and nutrient absorption when sipped with meals.
What to do if you are temporarily out of homemade soda and the kids really are wanting something “soda like”?
5 Minute Homemade Soda (3 ingredients!)
My son came up with this creation and it pleases not only my kids, but other children as well who have visited our home for parties and the like. It’s a crowd pleaser no matter what!
My son also used this recipe for a Science Fair project. He conducted a blind taste test using it and other similar commercially made sodas. His homemade soda recipe was selected by all but a few participants!
The main ingredient you will need to make homemade soda in five minutes is a bottle of liquid stevia.
Stevia is a South American herb that is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar yet does not have a marked effect on blood sugar. It is also extremely low calorie. It is the safest way to get the sweet taste with no negative effects. I prefer to use liquid stevia which is available in the sweetener section of most healthfood stores.
Make sure you don’t buy any of the genetically modified versions of stevia like “Truvia” manufactured by Cargill and Coca-Cola. It always concerns me when companies try to take something completely natural, like stevia, and warp it into something that is patentable so they can make money on it.
Just use the real thing and boycott the stevia counterfits. There isn’t anything “true” about “Truvia”. It is all marketing hype and not a healthy substitute for sugar. Only use the real thing: 100% stevia marketed by no other name.
The second thing you will need to make five minute homemade soda is some sort of chilled seltzer water. Seltzer water from a natural source such as Perrier (most fizzy) or Pellagrino is best, but plain seltzers made with carbonated and purified water are fine too. Try to buy your seltzer in glass bottles if possible.
Once you have seltzer and real stevia on hand, pour some chilled seltzer into a glass and add either a spritz of fresh juice or a few drops of pure cherry, orange or lemon-lime extract. Alternatively, use fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to taste.
If using cherry extract or tart cherry juice, add a few drops of alcohol-free kola nut extract. This will give the soda a cherry cola flavor! Finish off your homemade soda with a few drops of stevia, stir, taste, and add more flavor if desired. You now have a mildly flavored, cherry cola homemade soda that will quench your kids’ thirst for a treat!
Below are the exact proportions to try. Enjoy!
5 Minute Homemade Soda (3 ingredients)
Recipe for homemade soda made in 5 minutes or less using only 3 ingredients. No sugar, chemicals, additives or other junk commonly found in commercial soda. Taste tested and kid approved!
- 8 oz sparkling mineral water
- 4-6 drops stevia extract
- 2-3 drops natural flavoring cherry, orange, lemon or lime suggested
- 2-3 drops kola nut extract optional (best with cherry flavoring)
Mix all ingrediants in a glass.
Experiment with different flavors and proportions to find the ones you like best!
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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
I think that instead of stevia extract you should use erythritol because it has much less calories and much more sweetness than stevia extract.
Sugar alcohols like erythritol are not healthy! https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/avoid-sugar-alcohol-for-better-gut-health/
Where does one purchase kola nut extract ? I don’t see that Flavorganics sells this?