I don’t know about you guys but February is seriously kicking my butt. Not sure if it’s the lack of sun, daylight or warmth that has me feeling so blah and it probably hits me around this time every year and I forget, but OMGeeee! Spring cannot get here too soon. And I am not one that usually wishes for time to hurry.
A few of the things that seem to be helping with the winter blues lately: copious dance parties, getting out of the house, and playing with the kids in the kitchen. Thought I would share our latest cooking session recipe with you, inspired by the last few hipster-ish restaurants we’ve grubbed at that have handcrafted sodas on the menu instead of sprite and root beer. While nothing can really replace a good old fashioned Shirley Temple, these homemade sodas are delicious and less sugary. Plus the fancy flavors and garnishes make them feel extra special.
Our DIY version is a mix of sparkling water and homemade simple syrups. Here’s the how-to…
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh fruit
- 1 cup sugar of choice (modify measurement for stevia or splenda)
- 1 cup water
- sparkling or flavored water (like pellegrino or la croix)
- mint, basil, lemon, lime, berries, etc., for garnish
- lemon and lime juice (optional)
TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUPS:
- Dice or slice fruit if needed – for instance mango or strawberries.
- Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar over med-high heat. Stir until sugar is melted.
- Add fruit and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the sugar mixture is a deep color that matches the fruit.
- Remove from heat and pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into another pot or heat safe bowl. Resist the urge to press down on the strained fruit to try and get more juice out :) it just makes the syrup chunky and cloudy.
- Let syrup cool completely then poor into mason jars or other airtight containers in the fridge. Should keep for a few weeks.
TO MIX THE SODAS:
- Set out syrups, sparkling water options, and garnishes.
- Pour sparkling soda in each cup. Add syrup and garnishes to taste. We used approx. a 1:4 ratio of syrup to water (1/4 cup of syrup for every cup of sparkling water… maybe a little less syrup than that).
- Tip: a little splash of lemon or lime juice tastes so good in the sodas!
These yummy drinks may not make spring arrive any sooner but they will add a little fun to your day and fancy to your tastebuds.
How has February been treating you? Have any tricks for beating the winter blues? I probably should have added Netflix to my list of tricks above :)
If you love this time of year please spill all your secrets and then move next door so your happy winter vibes can rub off on me.
Happy hump day friend!!!