Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grapefruit Basil Soda Recipe

In honor of summer’s impending arrival, we’re showcasing another original recipe based on a refreshing, delicious cocktail: the grapefruit and basil martini. Don’t be turned off by the unconventional flavor pairing in our grapefruit basil soda recipe. It’s the perfect balance of sweet & refreshing, with a hint of cooling mint, pepper, and anise flavors from the basil.

Zest of 1 pink grapefruit
Juice of 2 pink grapefruits
Pinch of salt
½ cup of Stevia
2 cups of water
10-12 fresh basil leaves

Soda base preparation
  1. Combine stevia, grapefruit zest & juice, water in medium saucepan
  2. Bring to boil over medium to medium-high heat
  3. Remove from heat and add basil leaves
  4. Let steep for 1 hour
  5. Strain out & discard any solids
  6. Place in ½ quart Mason jar & keep for up to two weeks
To make a glass of grapefruit basil soda
  1. Fill glass ½ full with ice
  2. Muddle & add two basil leaves (optional)
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of syrup
  4. Add carbonated water
  5. Stir
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Healthy Kiwi Cucumber Soda Recipe

The idea for our kiwi cucumber soda recipe comes from a delicious Latin-American summertime beverage: agua fresca. Kiwi cucumber agua fresca is perhaps the most refreshing, perfect on a hot summer afternoon. The kiwi gives it a slight tropical sweetness, while drinking cucumber has numerous health benefits including restoring electrolytes. Creating a puree base instead of syrup makes our kiwi cucumber soda recipe superior for restoring energy drained
by the heat.

6 peeled kiwis
1 large cucumber
6 packets of Stevia (or to taste)
6 cups of water

Soda base preparation
  1. Peel & de-seed the cucumber
  2. Puree kiwi, cucumber, Stevia & 1 cup water in blender 3-4 minutes
  3. Transfer mixture to a mason jar
  4. Keep refrigerated for up to a week
To make a glass of kiwi cucumber soda
  1. Fill glass halfway full with ice
  2. Shake or stir soda puree
  3. Add 1/3 of mixture to cup
  4. Fill with carbonated water
  5. Stir
We think making a puree vs. cooking a syrup makes this even better than a kiwi cucumber soda syrup. It’s much healthier, tastes fresher, and refreshes you more than a syrup-based soda.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sodastream Crystal Review

Features Overview:
  • Uses glass carafes instead of plastic bottles (we advise buying a 2nd if you go with this model)
  • Improved carbonating mechanism vs. Penguin, the only other model with glass containers
  • Elegant-looking design that we didn’t mind having on our counter-top
Today’s Sodastream Crystal review covers our favorite of the two Sodastreams offering glass carafes instead of bottles. If you’re searching for an elegant-looking soda maker that you won’t mind displaying on your counter, then the Sodastream Crystal might be for you. As serious soda drinkers, we at SodaMod found it worthwhile to spend the $179.99 on this model.

The major advantage the Crystal offers is the use of dishwasher-safe 620ml glass carafes instead of plastic bottles. Only it and the Penguin model offer glass containers. Many users prefer not to have plastic in contact with their food or drink, BPA-free or not. After all, BPA isn’t the only chemical in plastic.

While we tend to agree, and have come to believe that the soda water made in glass tastes better and stays fizzy longer, we do wish the U.S. models came with two glass bottles instead of one. We hear that at least some overseas models come with two. We advise purchasing a second if you decide to go with this model.

The Crystal’s construction is an improvement over previous Penguin models. It uses a button instead of using a lever as the Penguin does, which is less cumbersome to operate and makes it easier to keep on the counter beneath cupboards. We also didn’t like how the Penguin’s lever is awkwardly placed at the back of the machine. Excess gas is released automatically on removal of the carafe.

The glass bottle’s design has improved since originally being released with the Penguin, with screw-on caps instead of the awkward, slide-on caps they used to use. These are relatively sturdy, easy to use, and help retain carbonation longer than store-bought soda.

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All Sodastreams offer advantages versus buying soda and soda water by the can or bottle. They’re more environmentally friendly, saving tons of plastic and aluminum from landfills (or saving the energy it takes to recycle them). You control what goes in the water (use filtered instead of tap water and choose or create your own flavors!) and the level of carbonation.

And of course, we can’t forget the cost savings. While new Sodastream users are excited at the savings they’ll make, we can ensure those savings are much greater! The SodaMod Sodastream CO2 adapter lets you use medical-grade paintball tanks instead of Sodastream’s proprietary CO2 tanks, which you can inexpensively refill locally. Buy one today and start saving money the way you hoped!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pineapple Mint Soda Recipe

The inspiration for this pineapple mint soda recipe is a favorite variation on a tropical summertime beverage, the Mojito. Never had a pineapple mojito? Add a shot of rum for a delicious cocktail!

1c coconut water
1 lime
.75c sugar
3c diced pineapple
10 mint leaves

Pineapple mint syrup preparation
  • Muddle mint with 1 tbsp. sugar, ½c pineapple & squeezed lime juice & set aside
  • Blend remaining pineapple to puree
  • Add coconut water & remaining sugar to medium saucepan
  • Stir mixture until sugar is dissolved
  • Heat over medium-high heat until sugar is caramelized 
  • Turn off heat & immediately add pureed pineapple 
  • Strain out solids and add liquid to a 1 quart mason jar
  • Add muddled mint mixture to mason jar and shake vigorously
  • Save syrup in fridge for up to two weeks
To make a glass of pineapple mint soda
  • Fill a glass ¾ full with ice
  • Add ¼c syrup
  • Fill glass with carbonated water
  • Gently stir
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