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[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 113 – Making Herbal Sodas with Kids

Whew! It’s getting hot out there. Summer is definitely HERE!

That means it’s time for some refreshing drinks.

And if your kids are like mine, they like SODA!

Great news – you can make a healthier version of soda using herbal syrups and seltzer water! It’s really that easy.

You’ll still want to offer these in moderation as they do contain a bit of sugar in them but you can rest easy knowing there are no artificial colorings or flavorings, caffeine, or high fructose corn syrup in these sodas!

And, they all contain a great dose of herbs and can have some healthful benefits as well.

Making the soda

To make some soda, first you’ll need to make some syrup. Last week I wrote about how to make an herbal syrup, you can see the article here.

You’ll also need sparkling mineral water, or you can use seltzer water or club soda. 

Once you have these two ingredients, all you need to do is combine them! I find a mix of 6-8 oz of sparkling water for every 1-2 ounces of syrup to be the perfect combination of sweet and bubbly.

Some of my favorite sodas

The limits are endless with making herbal sodas. Try mixing a few syrups together to make mixed flavors such as:

  • Vanilla and Wild Cherry
  • Ginger and Elderberry
  • Wild Cherry and Dandelion
  • Burdock and Dandelion
  • Spearmint or Chocolate Mint and Cacao
  • Cinnamon and Dandelion
  • Blackberry and Spearmint
  • Burdock, Sassafras, Dandelion, Vanilla, and Licorice
  • Vanilla and Burdock
  • Elderflower and Ginger

Single flavors are great too. Here are our favorites:

  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Hawthorne
  • Cacao
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Sassafras
  • Elderflower
  • Dandelion

Think about tea blends your kids like and see if you can adapt them to sodas by making a syrup from them first.

I hope this gives you inspiration to change out the types of soda in your household and herbal sodas become a delicious treat that your kids look forward to!

Have you ever made an herbal soda? If so, what is your favorite flavor?

2 Responses to “[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 113 – Making Herbal Sodas with Kids”

  1. 1
    Robin

    What do you have that would be similar to coke?

  2. 2
    KristineBrown

    Hi Robin, I’m not sure what would work as a substitute as Coca-cola was originally made from coca leaves and kola nuts. That would be a great recipe to play around with though, trying out different herbs to see how to achieve a similar flavor. From further research on colas in general, they are a mix of flavors including vanilla, cinnamon, citrus oils and other flavorings according to wikipedia.


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