I love drinks with bubbles in them……well, except champagne. I had champagne once – at a wedding. Everyone drank it at the same time for the toast and immediately when it was in my mouth I knew I was going to gag – it was TERRIBLE. But, since I was in a crowd I knew it was most likely unacceptable for me to spit it out – so I didn’t. But I’m sure I was making the most terrible face of all time. I hope it was not captured on photo for all of eternity. *Shudder*
You’ve already read about my capers with Water Kefir so we’re obviously not going to be drinking that. But sometimes I’d like to have something other than Teecino and water. This week we made Ginger Ale, which made my wheels start to turn. If I can flavor club soda with ginger, why can’t I flavor it with all sorts of things? I can!
Enter liquid stevia! I noticed that Sweet Leaf came in all sorts of liquid flavors. Why would someone want a flavored sweetener? For making their own drinks of course! I used to love, love, love orange soda – so I thought I would try to make my own orange soda with Valencia Orange Stevia. You’re going to pay around $8-10 for a 2 ounce bottle of liquid Sweet Leaf, but that little bottle goes a looooooong way.
Club soda will run you less than $1 per liter. I paid $.78 for the last that I bought. Not too shabby. Making all this stuff with club soda makes me wish I had a carbonated water machine – maybe one day in the distant future. I usually make one cup of my Stevia Soda at a time; that allows me to not have to worry about losing the fizz. And I hate flat pop. Blech!
You will want about 8 drops of stevia per 1 cup of club soda. That was just right for us. Mix it up, put it down the hatch and enjoy all the wonderful bubbles. Woohoo!!!! Was it the same as orange soda from the store? Nope, but I might like it better. It’s not so heavy and the flavor is light and refreshing (I sound like a commercial). I’m definitely going to be buying more flavors!
Flavor options from Sweet Leaf:
The chocolate flavors are awesome in coffee! The possibilities are really endless with this idea. You could add fresh lemon juice to your club soda and then some lemon stevia or just plain stevia. I could sit here and come up with combos all day – but then you might go into a coma. What combos have you tried or do you want to try?
When you combine the thrifty price of the club soda with the very small amount of stevia you use, the price of this drink is very comparable to regular soda – BUT you know what’s in it.
*Note: This post was NOT sponsored by Sweet Leaf. I just wanted to post about my new awesome idea…..which I’m sure someone has already done, but try not to burst my bubble. 😉
- 8 ounces of club soda
- 8 drops of flavored liquid stevia
- Combine and enjoy!
- Drink it! 🙂
*This post is linked at Think Pink Sunday on Flamingo Toes, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, and at Made at Home Monday on The Purposed Heart.