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America's taste for soda isn't fizzing out anytime soon. A recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics found that half of Americans sip sugary drinks daily.
However, there's no need to stick to the store-bought, corn syrup-laden mélange of flavors: Homemade sodas are not only healthier, they allow for experimentation with whatever flavor tickles your fancy.
All you need is some soda water - either bought or carbonated at home with a seltzer maker - and a little know-how from twin sisters Hannah and Isabel of Sisterhand Syrups.
Five Tips on Making Your Own Soda Syrup at Home: Sisterhand Syrups
2. Learn to manipulate your ingredients
3. Simple syrup is your friend
Heat the mixture until it starts to boil, then turn off the heat and let it all steep together for 30 minutes or until cool enough to transfer to another container and place in the refrigerator.
When using fruit, be sure to use a little less sugar, otherwise the amount of sugar in the fruit mixed with the amount of sugar you're adding can make the syrup too sweet."
4. Organic sugar is your other friend
5. Choosing flavors should be fun
This summer, our favorite flavors were ginger and orange-honey, but we also experimented with lemongrass, basil, coffee and strawberry. Also, garnishes showing what flavor you used could also give your soda a nice 'sophisticated' appeal."
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