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A Sparkly Soda Perfect for Spring

I wouldnt mind being one of those ice cubes. Would you?

I wouldn't mind being one of those ice cubes. Would you?

  • I wouldnt mind being one of those ice cubes. Would you?
  • Everyone will love this light, fresh soda with blackberry, lemon and thyme. 
  • Blackberries, raspberries, lemon and thyme. This is not your average soda.

By Alex Tillotson, contributor

April 16th, 2012

After a surprisingly mild winter, the weather is finally starting to stick to its warmer temperatures on a more regular basis. For me, this means that those picnics, barbeques and various other outdoor eating events are on their way. While beer and canned soda might be your go-to beverages at parties like this, keep in mind that there are so many other options when it comes to deciding what beverages to serve at your next warm-weather event.

Take this Blackberry, Lemon and Thyme Soda, for example. This vivacious beverage comes to you courtesy of Carey, the witty, self-professed onion-hater and foodie behind the blog Petite Kitchenesse.

This homemade soda achieves its sweet-tart, herbal flavor profile from a mix of fresh blackberries and raspberries, lemon juice and zest, fresh thyme and water boiled together to make one heck of a syrup. Casey also uses pomegranate molasses, honey and sugar to sweeten the mixture after the syrup has been infused with the fruit and herbs.

The nice thing about this soda is that you don’t need a home carbonator in order to make it. If, like me, you don’t have one lying around, the solution is simple. All you have to do is pour the syrup into seltzer water. If you add the syrup an ounce at a time, you can make the soda as sweet (or not) as you want.

This is a great beverage to serve to both adults and kids at your next outdoor shindig. Something tells me it’d taste pretty darn delicious with a splash of vodka or gin, but even if you decide to keep things PG, this soda will add a fresh pop of flavor to any springtime meal. Cheers to that!

posted in: Blogs, drinks, Spring, lemon, fresh, thyme, Beverages, berries, soda, non-alcoholic
Comments (2)

alex_tillotson writes: @katzpawz--So glad to hear you tried and loved the recipe. It is perfect for this time of year and well into the summer. Keep cooking! Posted: 8:15 am on April 19th

Katzpawz writes: I made some of this and let me tell you - it goes so far beyond great!!! Perfectly delicious! One of those home "bubblers" is out of my price range - but a bottle of seltzer I can spring for. Thanks so much for sharing - this is going to be a tasty summer, I can tell already. Posted: 4:50 pm on April 16th

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