We’ve had a few days of beautiful, warm sun around here and I’ve been hanging out in the yard doing some winter landscaping duties. OK, mostly I’ve been watching the chickens, throwing the ball for Keela and dreaming about the outdoor projects I’m going to throw myself into as soon as spring arrives.
Anyway, all that “work” makes a girl thirsty and I’ve been making my SodaStream work overtime to keep me hydrated during my outdoor activities. I’ve been loving glass after glass of sparkling water topped with a big squeeze of lime.
I think my SodaStream is definitely a Just The Right Thing. Here’s why…
- It’s easy. Fill a bottle with water, stick it in the fridge, and when you want sparkling water it takes about 15 seconds to make. I’ve read the fizz lasts for about three days, but I wouldn’t know since we’ve never let a bottle sit in the fridge that long.
- It’s good for the environment. No more recycling all those plastic bottles and cans. AND it uses no electricity. AND the carbonators are recyclable. It’s very, very green.
- It’s infinitely customizable. I don’t like my water very fizzy. So I go light on putting the fizz in. And there’s over 50 flavor concentrates available to make that sparking water taste like soda, diet soda, energy drinks – you name it, they’ve got a flavor for it. And of course, if you use the SodaMix flavors you can experiment and make those in varying intensities. (I must admit I haven’t had a Coke in over thirty years so I’m not an expert on the flavors, but Excellent Son Sawyer says they’re good.)
- Best of all, it’s really great, fresh-tasting water. Nancy and I don’t know exactly what it is, but we both think it simply tastes better that any sparkling water we’ve purchased in a bottle or can.
I’ve seen SodaStreams on Amazon, and at my local Sur La Table, Bed Bath and Beyond (use your 20% 0ff coupon!) and recently at Costco. They’ve got a bunch of models – mine is the Genesis. You can also see it or buy it on the SodaStream website.
Here’s my two favorite recipes using SodaStream sparkling water. (You CAN use seltzer out of a can or bottle, but you won’t be quite as happy…)
Gin Rickeys for a Crowd
Make a simple syrup – 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Let cool. Combine simple syrup, 1 1/2 cups of gin, 3/4 cup lime juice in a pitcher. Carefully add 1 just-made bottle of sparking water. Stir GENTLY to combine (gently or it will foam up and practically explode out of the pitcher.) Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with something pretty. You’ll be amazed at how light and refreshing this drink is!