How to Make Soda Water

updated Sep 5, 2022
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Bright and bubbly, soda water is one of our favorite ingredients in cocktails, mocktails, and even in baking, plus we love it on its own for drinking as an alternative to water. We love the bubbly stuff, especially in the summer. It’s a great palate cleanser, and we drink gallons of carbonated water and lime with our meals. Plus we really like to add fresh juice or flavors for a healthy alternative to soda.

The expense of buying cans and bottle of soda or seltzer water really adds up, though, at nearly a dollar a bottle! So we’ve been doing a little research into home carbonation. The good news is that you don’t need a fancy soda machine to get your own bubbly water at home. Read more about these two alternative, sustainable options.

1. Make soda water with a soda siphon.

In the past, soda water was made at home and the bar with a soda siphon — you can still find vintage glass versions of these on eBay and in antique shops, but in the last decade modern soda siphons have taken over the market. These canisters use C02 cartridges to add bubbles with tap water. You can add fruit juice and flavorings to the water before carbonating too.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to keep up with ordering and recycling the C02 cartridges. There’s some danger with these; you need to follow instructions precisely or the bottle could explode. Also, with the cost of cartridges you’re still looking at about $.50 a bottle.

2. Use a soda machine.

SodaStream is by the far most popular