Pop Culture: How to Make Soda Syrups, 3 Ways

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Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh

fruits and herbs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rhubarb Soda

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb stalks
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c water

Mexican Root Beer

  • 1 bunch hoja santa leaves
  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c water

Honey Citrus Soda

  • juice of one navel orange + one red grapefruit
  • zest of 1/2 orange + 1/4 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 c water

Here’s how you’ll do it:

  1. Place fruit (or, for hoja santa, the leaves), sugar or honey, and water in a small saucepot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and drain through a metal mesh colander.
  4. Let liquid cool for at least an hour. Store in a sealed jar or bottle in the fridge, where it will keep for up to two weeks.
  5. To use, pour two tablespoons syrup over ice (if desired) and top with 8 oz seltzer.

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