Okay, a show of hands. How many people out there make their own soda? C’mon, raise your hands. Hmm. That’s kind of what we thought. Isn’t that odd? Only a few raised hands. Considering that Coca-Cola® was supposedly mixed up in an iron kettle and stirred with an oar, it can’t be that hard, right?
Right you are, as you’ll see, for today we’ll make our own Raspberry Like Rickey soda, and, as it turns out, the oar is optional. We found this recipe several years ago in Andrew Schloss’ book Homemade Soda.
Makes 1 cup syrup (3-4 sodas)
Since the whole idea of making your own soda is to have it fresh, use freshly squeezed limes and fresh raspberries. And be careful when you buy seltzer water (or tonic water), as some apparently has added sugar and/or flavors; you don’t want that. You want plain old carbonated water. We found a version of Canada Dry that was perfect.
Procedure in detail:
There’s really no too much here, but humor us. We’re on vacation.
Mash raspberries. Just pour the cup of raspberries into a small saucepan and mash them. Use a potato masher if you want. Or a fork. Anything will work.
Add lime and sugar. Dump the lime juice on top, then pour in the sugar.
Bring to a boil. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Cool. Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain. Now, pour the raspberry mush through a fine strainer to separate the seeds from the syrup. Discard the seeds, save the syrup.
Make soda. Pour about 1/3 cup of syrup into a tall glass with ice, fill to the top with seltzer water, and stir to combine.
Simple, right? And here you thought there was something mystical and magical about making soda. Hmm. It seems as though those soda makers pulled the wool over our eyes. So, it’s simple, but how’s it taste? Like the freshest, best raspberry soda you’ve ever had in your life! That’s how it tastes. Plus, it looks beautiful. And all for a few minutes work. We will say that the lime is overpowered by the raspberries, so you might want to increase the amount of lime juice just a tad. Even so, five stars!