As I've mentioned before, we got a SodaStream back in October for my birthday. I love plain seltzer water, but Jack really prefers to have some sort of flavoring in his.
The SodaStream brand of soda syrup is pretty pricey, so I got a few bottles of flavored syrup like they use in coffee shops. With the SodaStream right there, we go through a LOT of homemade seltzer and soda, so we burn through those bottles of flavored syrup.
To get a new C02 cartridge is $30 since we have the large size, and each bottle of flavored syrup costs around $10. Suddenly homemade soda isn't such a frugal option anymore! The main problem is spending $10 for the flavored syrup. Surely it would be cheaper to make our own? That way we can also control what ingredients get used, too.
I've already toyed around with this a little bit when I made my own 'Orangina' flavor. So today I made another batch of that, and also tried something new.
Cinnamon Apple Soda Syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 small apple, cored and sliced
Small dash cinnamon
I added all of the ingredients into my VitaMix and let it run for a few minutes to really break down the apple into apple juice. It turned into this lovely light brown syrup!
When I added it to a glass of seltzer water, it tasted a lot like sparkling apple cider. Yum!
I do think it could be improved. The apple flavor could be deeper - next time I want to try to chop up the apple and lightly sear it in a frying pan with the cinnamon to caramelize some of the natural sugar in the apple. Mm'mm... maybe it would taste more like a caramel apple? I can hope!
When summer rolls around I plan on trying other seasons fruits. Raspberries and honey! Blackberries and vanilla! Melon and mint! Maybe even cucumber and lime?