Soda makers, such as Soda Stream, are hugely popular and can be found in homes across the country. As fun and delicious as homemade soda is, store-bought soda syrup is commonly full of nasty chemicals, such as sucralose. The good news is that it is quite easy to make your own soda syrup, with ingredients that you probably already have laying around your house.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Cucumber, Mint, Orange Syrup for Soda Stream & Other Soda Makers
- 2 cups vegan sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8 oz. orange juice
- 1/2 large cucumber, thinly sliced
- 24 fresh mint leaves
Bring the one cup of water to a boil, then add the sugar. Dissolve the sugar in the water, stirring constantly until it is fully dissolved. As soon as the sugar is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat. Add the cucumber, mint and orange. Cover and let the mixture steep for half an hour. Strain the syrup mixture into a jar or bottle, pressing the the solids into the strainer to get as much of the syrup through the strainer as possible.
The syrup can be stored in the airtight container. To make soda, add a few tablespoons of the syrup to a glass, and fill the rest with soda water, or make according to the directions on your soda maker.