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16 Top Home Soda Making Books

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Whether you’re new to home soda making or you’ve been at it for years, there’s always a great new recipe to discover. We’ve rounded up the best books on home soda making to help you improve your soda game. Best of all, all these books are easy to find on Amazon.

1. Bootleg Soda: A Smart Aleck’s Guide: 100+ Homemade Soda Syrup Recipes

Unlock your kitchen creativity, take a trip to the past, and discover awesome new flavors with more than 100 easy-to-follow soda syrup recipes, plus 50 old time soda fountain drink formulas!

Get more value out of your home soda maker with healthier, tastier, and more interesting syrups, from basics like cola, orange soda and lemon lime to new sensations like Pumpkin Root Beer, Peach Habanero, Chai Cola, Blackberry Sage, and Cucumber Pineapple. Then learn to make classic drinks from a century ago, like the Centura Phosphate, Fatasma Nog, and the Kiss Me Flip!

2. Easy Homemade Soda: Make Delicious Pop At Home With Or Without The Sodastream

Have you ever wanted to try making your own soda? Do you love pop but want to control exactly what goes in the drink? Easy Homemade Soda: Make Delicious Pop At Home With Or Without The Sodastream will teach you just this.

  • A Bunch of Different Soda Recipes To Get You Started Making Soda
  • How To Make Soda With Standard Kitchen Appliances
  • How To Navigate The Artificial Sweetener and Sugar Jungle
  • Much, much more!

3. Handcrafted Sodas: Easy, Delicious, and Nothing Artificial

Looking to try your hand at soda making? This book contains twenty quick and easy-to-follow recipes geared toward the home chef–no expensive equipment required!

A wide range of recipes are included, featuring everything from classic favorites such as grape, lemon-lime, ginger ale, and orange to more adventurous options such as strawberry rhubarb, pomegranate blueberry, mocha, chocolate coconut cream, white chocolate peppermint, and rose petal.

All recipes utilize natural ingredients like fresh fruits and juices, and are completely free of artificial flavorings, dyes, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. If you’re looking to create your own flavorful and healthy handcrafted sodas, this might be just the book for you!

4. Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop

Make your own soft drinks that are tastier, healthier, and cheaper than anything you’ll find in stores!

From soda water to sarsaparilla, in Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop, you’ll find easy-to-follow instructions for more than 60 traditional and modern soft drink recipes. Your whole family can make delicious batches of old favorites and experiment with new combinations of natural ingredients to create your own refreshing recipes.

5. Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes for Making & Using Carbonated Concoctions

Making your own soda is easy and inexpensive. Best of all, you control the sweetness level and ingredients, so you can create a drink that’s exactly what you want. Using a few simple techniques, anyone can make a spectacular variety of beverages.

Try Pomegranate Punch, Chai Fizz, Fruity Root Beer, Sparkling Orange Creamsicle, Honey Cardamom Fizzy Water, Sparkling Espresso Jolt, Cold Fudge Soda, Lightly Salty Caramel Seltzer, Sangria Shrub, Maraschino Ginger Ale, Malted Molasses Switchel, or Berry Vinegar Cordial.

Some recipes show you how to re-create the flavors of favorite commercial soft drinks, and others show you how to use homemade soda in decadent desserts and adult cocktails. The delicious possibilities are endless!

6. How to Make Probiotic Drinks for a Raw Food Diet: Kefir, Kombucha, Ginger Beer, and Naturally Fermented Ciders, Sodas, and Smoothies

This short book is a guide to making your own fermented, probiotic drinks. Using beneficial cultures, like the good bacteria in yogurt, you will learn how to create healthy, delicious drinks that benefit your body.

For thousands of years, long before sugary soft drinks were invented, our ancestors enjoyed the whole food goodness of fermented drinks such as kefir, kombucha, and naturally fermented ciders and sodas. If delicious raw food smoothies were not around 5,000 years ago, it is only because our Stone Age ancestors did not have good blenders.

7. Make Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More

Natural sodas are vibrantly flavored with the zing of just-squeezed citrus juice, the sweetness of ripe berries, or the subtle perfume of fresh herbs. And with the popularity of countertop appliances that turn tap water into sparkling water, it’s easier than ever to make the real thing in your own kitchen: simply mix a fresh soda syrup with bubbly water for a drink that’s as sweet (or not) as you like—minus any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

In Make Your Own Soda, you’ll find 70 recipes for all-natural syrups with unique, artisanal flavors like pineapple, lemongrass, and hibiscus, as well as old-time favorites like ginger, sarsaparilla, and grape. You’ll also find great ways to use homemade syrups to create soda fountain classics (Chocolate Egg Cream), great cocktails (Lovage Gin Fizz), and hot drinks (Hot Apple Spice Cup), all as delicious as they are distinctive.

8. Making Natural Sodas With Roots & Herbs: Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Birch Beer & More

You may think that making a soda with roots and herbs is kind of weird, but really it’s not all that strange. You can think of it as carbonating your different teas. It’s like drinking a bottle of mint tea, only it’s got the fizz to it.

Root beer used to be made with all sorts of roots and berries to make that distinct root beer flavor. Ginger was originally made with actual ginger root. Ever hear of Sarsaparilla in the old Western movies? That drink was made with Sarsaparilla root. Birch beer was actually a non-alcoholic drink made with birch bark and other ingredients.

Back before you could find a soda in the store, they started out as health tonics made from all sorts of different herbs, roots and spices along with fresh fruit and veggies. Since fruit and veggies were only available through the growing season or region specific areas the dried herbs, roots and spices were mostly used.

These ingredients were made into these health tonics to cure ailments people encountered throughout their lives. Such ailments could be from fatigue to the flu. Although not all tasted very good, some became favorite flavors and developed into picnic favorites.

9. Making Soda at Home: Mastering the Craft of Carbonation: Healthy Recipes You Can Make With or Without a Soda Machine

An icy, bubbly beverage is just what you need to perk up. So, ever wanted to make your own from scratch? Crafting a great carbonated beverage is easy! This informative guide to making soda at home is perfect for anyone looking to create delicious artisan drinks with or without a soda machine.

Jeremy Butler breaks down the science of carbonation so you can discover recipes that are easily adapted for each of the three methods for carbonation. He even shows you how to make a soda bar, complete with kegerator, in your own home! Offering resources like homebrew forums, shopping guides, and industrial suppliers, all the information you need to make your own soda is right here.

Once you master the bubbles, it’s time to add the syrups. Making Soda at Home offers over 35 natural and healthy recipes to flavor your fizz. It even provides insider tips on creating your own recipes.

Try refreshing coconut-lime or peach sodas on a hot summer day. Tonics like root beer, sassafras, sarsaparilla and ginger ale are delicious with a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Brew expert clones of your favorite dews, peppers, pops, and colas with ease. There’s even a recipe for butter beer.

Perfect for any do-it-yourself foodie, Making Soda at Home will have you drinking natural homemade soda in no time.

10. Making Soda Cultures at Home

Ever wonder how to make your own home made soda’s fizz? This book will teach you how to make soda cultures to create carbonation in your home made sodas.

Making your own soda’s at home lets you create a healthy beverage at home with a fraction of the sugar of commercially made beverages. You don’t have to feel guilty about giving your kids a soda pop or even drinking one yourself. You can enjoy your own homemade soda at home just by using the information in this book to start your own soda culture.

The process of fermenting your own sodas to create carbonation makes your beverages more of a healthy drink instead of a sugar filled pop. The process actually creates beneficial enzymes and even can help your digestive system. By making your own beverages at home you also know what ingredients you’re putting into your body because you made it. Another wonderful aspect is you control the sugar.

This book covers making a soda culture in a step by step format with illustrations. Look for upcoming books in this series of making the sodas.

11. Making Your Own Gourmet Soft Drinks: Sodas, Punches, Smoothies, Slushes and More!

The author of Making Your Own Gourmet Chocolate Drinks shows readers how to avoid expensive juice bars by producing their own health drinks at home, from fruit punches to juice drinks with crushed ices.

12. Soda Shop Salvation: Recipes and Stories from the Sweeter Side of Prohibition

Soda Shop Salvation collects more than 125 recipes for imaginative drinks, sundae varieties, and luncheonette delights from the 1920s, evoking the time of speakeasies, newfangled devices, and racy automobiles.

Tidbits of the history of suffragists and flappers, bootleggers and G-men—whose collective commentary demonstrates that the nation’s approach to Prohibition was anything but straightforward—interweave with the recipes. Excerpts and quotes from publications of the time offer advice for entrepreneurs, tips on early road food, and some really corny jokes. Soda Shop Salvation gives readers a taste of life during this turbulent time.

13. Sparkle & Splash: Soda Fountain Favorites, Homemade Elixirs & Carbonated Cocktails

Why buy when you can create to taste? The hottest kitchen gadgets are machines that transform ordinary tap water into seltzer. Best of all, that freshly carbonated water makes a great base for flavored seltzers, delicious cocktails, and even yummy dessert drinks that everyone will love.

These 100 sparkling recipes—including a Classic Bourbon Smash, Lemon Sangria, Espresso Soda Float, and Pineapple Mint Soda—let you create a homemade syrup, customize your drink, use ingredients you trust, and get creative with your mixology.

14. The Artisan Soda Workshop: 75 Homemade Recipes from Fountain Classics to Rhubarb Basil, Sea Salt Lime, Cold-Brew Coffee and Much Much More

Craft amazingly delicious and stunningly creative sodas using natural, gourmet syrups you make at home. Nothing is more refreshing than soda. But why settle for canned carbonation when you can make your own delectable sodas at home? Artisan Soda Workshop shows you how to take soda to the next level by making flavors like:

  • Apricot-Cinnamon
  • Riesling and Raspberry
  • Mango Chile
  • Prickly Pear
  • Fizzy Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
  • Lemon -Thyme
  • Plum Vanilla
  • Cranberry, Orange and Ginger

With step-by-step instructions and colorful photos, this book’s palate-pleasing recipes make it easy to create your own bubbly concoctions from exotic combinations of fruits, herbs and spices. These thirst-quenching drinks serve up parties bubblier, fill hot days with fizzy fun, and impress even the most discriminating of tastes.

15. The Complete Soda Making Book: From Homemade Root Beer to Seltzer and Sparklers, 100 Recipes to Make Your Own Soda

With The Complete Soda-Making Book, you can recreate your favorite sodas in the convenience of your home–without the high price tag or all the unpronounceable ingredients. Featuring 100 all-natural, budget-friendly recipes, this book shows you how to use your soda-making appliance to craft classic and one-of-a-kind soft drinks that not only taste better than your fountain go-to, but are also lower in calories and sugar.

From traditional options like cola and root beer to artisanal flavors like mango mint and lemongrass, each of these natural sodas are bursting with fresh fruits, juices, and herbs, and free of the artificial additives and sweeteners found in commercial sodas. You’ll also find simple instructions on how to experiment with flavor and ingredient combinations to produce your own fizzy concoctions.

Complete with recipes for floats, cocktails, and sweet treats, The Complete Soda-Making Book is the ultimate resource for crafting delicious, healthy, and inexpensive sodas that your entire family will enjoy!

16. True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home

This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn’s Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more.

You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how.

That’s where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects—from mead to kefir to sake—to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes inTrue Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it’s easy for you to experiment with your favorite flavors and add-ins once you grasp the fundamentals.

Covering a tantalizing range of recipes, including Coconut Water Kefir, Root Beer, Honey–Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Pale Ale, Chai-Spiced Mead, Cloudy Cherry Sake, and Plum Wine, these fresh beverages make impressive homemade offerings for hostess gifts, happy hours, and thirsty friends alike.

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