Almost everywhere you look there are warnings about why you should not be drinking so much soda. Yet, it is not putting that many of us off, as American’s consume an average of at least 40 gallons of it every year.
The answer it seems is to get creative with your home soda machine to create some exciting new flavors and to turn your drinkmaker into something that provides you with a healthy and refreshing beverage.
Going DIY to create your favorite drink
There are plenty of combinations when it comes to cold drinks and there are numerous DIY drinks that pack a fizz but don’t pile on the calories.
As soon as you view the KeurigKold overview for example and see how versatile drinkmakers can be, it should be enough to get your creative juices flowing and work on creating a healthy and refreshing drink.
If you are looking for some inspiration, you want to try and create your own homemade pineapple-rosemary-ginger soda.
Using ingredients like pineapple for natural sweetness, chopped ginger, agave nectar and soda water, you will end up with a great-tasting drink that weighs in at under 80 calories for an average serving.
Nothing wrong with using your soda machine as intended of course, but if you have a spirit of adventure and fancy going off-label, there are virtually no limits to what you can create.
The choices range from drinks such as herb-infused sparkling wine, a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails and even a twist on that favorite Spanish wine sangria.
Some maverick bartenders are finding ways to adjust the performance of their soda maker in order to get it to produce some fizzy cocktails which would not be available with normal operation.
Probably not a great idea to start cannibalizing your drinkmaker if you value the warranty, but it does give you an idea of the capabilities of the new era of soda machines, which are far more versatile anyway than their predecessors and far less bulky too.
Home carbonators are not exactly a new item in the kitchen but the modern versions bear little or no resemblance to the bulky machines that were not exactly environmentally-friendly either.
Discarded plastic bottles don’t need to be a concern anymore as one bottle can often last at least 12 months or more and there is always the valid point that if you are producing your own sparkling water at home, you are eliminating a fair amount of transport costs.
The other point to remember with a home drinkmaker option is that you get a chance to choose the ingredients that go in your drink.
Some big-brand ginger ales don’t actually contain any fresh ginger at all, so being able to make your own version at home with genuine fresh ginger, means you are going to enjoy a healthier drink and you get to choose how much sugar goes into it.
With the new generation of carbonated systems, you are almost only limited by your imagination.
Kian Sinclair is a freelance writer who churns out articles when he’s not working on his novel. He’s a foodie who also has a passion for tech and interior design.