The Complete Soda Making Book by Jill Houk
The angle: All the sodas you love, but less expensive and better for you
Recipes for right now: Cola, Orange Cream Soda, Kiwi-Apple Soda, Lemongrass Soda, Mango Mint Soda, Hibiscus Soda, Lavender Soda, Strawberry-Rhubarb Sparkler, Lemon-Gin Sparkling Cocktail, Sparkling Cosmopolitan
Who would enjoy this book? Parents with soda-loving kids, grown-up soda lovers, anyone who loves a little mad-scientist action in the kitchen
• Who wrote it: Jill Houk
• Who published it: Adams Media
• Number of recipes: 100
• Other highlights: Any of the recipes can be made with any kind of carbonation system — the Soda Stream, siphons, take your pick. I like the versatility this offers. The recipes are for soda bases, which are then added to carbonated water in whatever strength or quantity you desire.
The recipes cover a good range of classic sodas (cola, root beer, lemon-lime) along with recipes that will spark your grown-up tastes (pineapple, grapefruit-sage, cucumber). Although the author emphasizes the health benefits of making your own sodas instead of buying them in the introduction, this doesn’t feel too heavy-handed throughout the book. The recipes feel fun and intriguing no matter your ultimate reason for making them.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Complete Soda Making Book by Jill Houk
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