Some people call it soda, others call it pop, and still others call it soda pop. In New England it’s referred to as tonic, and in parts of the South, it’s called coke, regardless of what flavor it is. Sometimes they are just referred to generically as “cold drinks.”
No matter what you call it, the SodaStream© beverage maker and the Cuisinart© Sparkling Beverage Maker were developed for the consumer to make soft drinks at home, ostensibly to save money, to save calories, to save your aching back by not having to lug all those 2 liter bottles, six packs, and 12 or 24 can refrigerator packs out of the store and to your car, and to save the environment by no longer having to dispose of all those plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
Whatever your reason for making your own soft drinks, Amoretti® is right there with the right products for the job. Our premium syrups, sugar free flavorings, and our plain and flavored Organolicious® Blue Agave Nectars are the perfect accompaniment to your SodaStream. You can carbonate a 1 liter carbonating bottle of tap water and mix in any of our flavorings and natural sweeteners to create a bottle of soda, or use the carbonated water to create sodas by the glass in a different flavor for each family member. Of course you can create your favorite fruit flavored soda, but we can also help you with the three most popular soft drinks on the market; cola, root beer and lemon-lime. These are not copycat recipes, so the soda you make with Amoretti syrups won’t taste exactly like the national brands, but they will be delicious in their own right.
Cola Flavored Soda – We managed to hit the right mixture of Amoretti Premium Cola Syrup, Amoretti Organolicious Blue Agave Nectar and 1 liter of carbonated water on the very first try. 6 pumps (50ml) of Amoretti Premium Cola Syrup and 6 pumps (50ml) of Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar is the perfect blend to create a cola drink that tastes different from the national cola brands, but is still delicious enough to compete with them.
Root Beer Flavored Soda – Root beer was the hardest soft drink to perfect. It took quite a bit of trial and error to get just the right blend of Amoretti Premium Root Beer Syrup and sweetener to make the carbonated water taste as good as the national brands, but we still can’t manage to get the big foamy head that national brand root beers have. But if its root beer flavor you want, just add 8 pumps (75ml) of Amoretti Premium Root Beer Syrup and 6 pumps (50ml) of Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar to 1 liter of sparkling water for a really refreshing root beer soda. If you put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom of a big glass mug and fill it with your home made root beer, no one will notice that you didn’t get the foamy head that the national brands have.
Lemon Lime Flavored Soda – We were a little off on the flavor on our first try, but we got the right mixture for our lemon lime soda the second time around. We combined 3 pumps (24ml) of Amoretti Premium Lemon Syrup with 3 pumps (24ml) of Amoretti Premium Lime Syrup and 6 pumps (48ml) of Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar, but the tasters said they could taste the lime over the lemon, so we added one more pump (8ml) of Amoretti Premium Lemon Syrup and both the flavor and sweetness were pronounced “right on!”
Okay, now let’s see how we did. We made three 1 liter bottles of soda; one cola, one root beer, and one lemon-lime. One serving is 8 ounces, and each 1 liter bottle contains approximately four 8 ounce servings.
Saving Money: 1 liter of homemade soda would cost you approximately $0.78 for the syrup, $0.91 for the agave nectar, and about $.25 for the CO2 for a total of $1.94. Unless it’s on sale, a 2 liter bottle of any national brand soda will cost you $2.19, and if you are willing to settle for the store brand, it’s $1.29. So you will not be saving any money by making your own soda at home. But then, you won’t be having any fun, either.
Saving Calories: A 1 liter bottle of homemade soda has approximately 420 calories, regardless of flavor. A 2 liter bottle of national brand or store brand cola or lemon-lime soda has about 800 calories, a 2 liter bottle of root beer has around 850 calories, so that is just about a wash. But your homemade soda, made with Amoretti products, will contain no artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup, so that is a big health benefit.
Saving Wear and Tear on Your Body: Only you know how much soda you buy, but it is estimated that Americans consume 216 liters of carbonated beverages per person, per year, which, depending on what form you buy your soda in, would amount to someone in a family of four having to drag about 200 pounds of aluminum can refrigerator packs or 410 pounds of plastic bottles from the store to the car and the car to the house this year. The plastic 1 liter bottles that come with the soda maker will last for two years, so you really will save wear and tear on somebody’s body.
Saving the Environment: This is where the real bonus comes, because if the plastic bottles that come with the machine can be reused for two years, you will be keeping 800 2 liter plastic bottles, 1200 aluminum cans, or a combination of those, out of the landfills.
So, it’s up to you if you want to buy soda or make your own, but we can tell you that making sodas in the Amoretti Test Kitchens was a real blast!