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Hacking The Sodastream

blackpointyboots Dec 15, 2012 07:26 PM

I am thinking about getting a Sodastream but I am not really interested in using their syrups. I have lots of recipes for citrus syrups and fruit syrups. I have a copy of Open Cola somewhere I wanted to try to turn into a diet soda for the hubby. What I have not been able to find is a Dr. Pepper type recipe to make a syrup out of. There must be one floating around somewhere since many grocery stores have a knock off version. Has anyone ever seen anything similar to a Dr. Pepper type drink syrup?

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    travelerjjm RE: blackpointyboots Dec 16, 2012 09:19 AM

    I saw a comment in a article about water kifir that mentioned adding raisins made the drink taste like DP. I googled around for home versions and found a few but nothing looked completely satisfying. The book _homemade soda_ did not appear to have one when I looked at the "Look inside" on Amazon.

    You might try something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYN4W...

    You can also purchase the syrup, even from Sam's Club or Amazon.

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      axial RE: blackpointyboots Dec 19, 2012 02:17 PM

      We absolutely love our Sodastream, in fact we're expecting the newest "Revolution" version to arrive next week.

      The only SS syrup we use much of is the Tonic or Rootbeer, we're not big off-the-shelf soda drinkers to start with.

      For more adventurous flavors I've used the Stirrings brand mixes, esp. Blood Orange Bitters.

      Perhaps some Angostura Bitters might give an extra zing to your Dr. Pepper taste-alike quest?

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        AdinaA RE: blackpointyboots Feb 25, 2013 05:17 PM

        I'm interested in natural flavors without sugar or sweetener, anyone using fresh mint?

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          JudiAU RE: blackpointyboots Feb 26, 2013 08:16 PM

          We've had a sodastream for at least ten years and love it. But we rarely if ever add anything to it except occasionally some cranberry juice.

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            HillsofBeverly RE: blackpointyboots Feb 28, 2013 06:41 PM

            I think that I've long since donated my copy away, but Brother Peter Reinhart has a cookbook (from when he was a lay brother running the order's restaurant) with homemade soda syrup recipes. He was making ginger ale, a "red zinger" tangy concoction, and something rootbeer-ish. One of these, hacked (I like that bitters idea) may get you something real, healthier and tasty.

            1. Kris in Beijing RE: blackpointyboots Apr 3, 2013 11:58 AM

              BpB -- did you succeed?

              The only thing I could add is that Dr P carried a "fruit drink" sticker in the UK when I visited because it [the UK version, at least] had cherry and tamarind juice.

              is ancient, for the internet, yet an interesting read.

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