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I love soda but it isn't really the greatest beverage choice for someone trying to eat healthier. I have never really considered trying to make my own natural soda but when I was sent a copy of The Complete Soda Making Book I was intrigued. You can read my review of the book if you want to learn more about it. I decided to try making the Tangerine and Honey natural soda because it is low in calorie and uses a natural sweetener instead of refined white sugar. Since I am still trying to follow the paleo diet I can not have any refined sugar at all! (very sad!) But, honey is allowed in small quantities so I decided to give it a try. Boy, did my house smell GOOD while this syrup was simmering on the stove!
My kids absolutely love tangerines so we always have a box sitting around the kitchen. Honestly, I think my daughter is getting about 10 times her recommended daily allowance of vitamin C from the number of oranges she eats! This is a very simple recipe to follow. If you can find organic tangerines, use those but if not, remember to scrub them well under warm water before using. Add your sliced tangerines, honey and spices into a small amount of water and simmer for an hour. Use that syrup to add to carbonated water and make your natural soda. I have a Soda Stream unit which makes carbonating water a breeze!
Please Note: This recipe will only make enough for 1 cup. I did not realize this when I started. You need ¼ cup of syrup and start with ½ cup water but after simmering for an hour uncovered (as directed in cookbook) I ended up withe just under ¼ cup syrup. If I do this again I will definitely make it in a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator!
Tangerine and Honey Natural Soda
Have you ever tried making natural soda?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.