SodaStream offers you the great convenience of making soda water in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Of course, basic soda water may not sound appealing on its own, but when you factor in all of the flavors available to add using syrup, you suddenly find a whole world of flavor at your disposal. The question then becomes, which flavor do you want first?
On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit more creative and indulgent, Torani’s selection of unique flavors, like Gingerbread, Pumpkin Spice, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough can create quite the unique beverage selection.
Torani offers such a wide range of flavors that there are entire recipes using these syrups to craft amazing drinks.
Notice that neither of these brands offers any tea flavors, nor is there much variety in kinds of lemonade. For those flavors, you may need to look beyond just SodaStream and Torani.
While SodaStream is the natural first stop for flavor choices, and Torani is well-known enough to be a clear second consideration, many people like to see beyond both of them and explore powered options, like Crystal Light, or their own concoctions using fruit juices.
You may want to experiment with the liquid to determine what level of concentrate works best for you.
Some people may prefer a really strong flavor, while others like a lighter touch.
For those who do prefer a lighter level of flavoring, fruit juice is a great option, since it won’t be too strong.
While you can use any syrup with SodaStream, it is best that the flavoring is in a liquid form. Since you will need to “mix” it with the soda water, and the soda water is carbonated, you won’t want to use something that will require you to shake or stir vigorously.
Healthy is a word that can mean different things to different people.
SodaStream does a great job of recognizing the concerns that many people have with too much sugar.
They offer a diet version of all of their syrup flavors, so if sugar is your number one health concern, SodaStream syrups may be a great way to get your soda pop fix from the convenience of your own home.
If your health concerns extend beyond simple sugar, SodaStream may still be the right choice for you, since most of their syrups contain no high fructose corn syrup, no aspartame, and significantly less sugar than store-bought soda.
It is important to note that many of their syrups do contain both caffeine and artificial colors like caramel coloring.
Of course, with SodaStream syrups, you also have the flexibility to decide how much of the syrup you wish to add.
It won’t mix well without shaking, and that’s not a good idea with a carbonated beverage! And
It will likely cause excessive fizzing that will bubble-up, overflow, and make almost as much mess as if you had shaken it!
The solution is surprisingly simple. Mix the Crystal Light powder with just enough water to liquify it. It won’t take more than 1-2 tablespoons of water to mix with the amount of powder usually used with a 16-20 oz water bottle.
Warmer water will dissolve the powder better than cold water, and you will want to be sure to mix it thoroughly.
This means that you can use one of the individual travel packs and mix it with 16-20 oz of soda water.
You’ll just need to mix it with 1-2 tablespoons of water first.
That will form a Crystal Light concentrate that can be added just like you would add syrup or liquid version of Crystal Light.
Of course, you can use a larger amount of Crystal Light to mix with a larger amount of soda water; just be sure to turn it into a liquid concentrate by adding a small amount of water with the powder first.
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