How Do You Flavor SodaStream Naturally? [FRUIT, DROPS]

how do you flavor sodastream naturally

SodaStream machines are all the rage again which I for one am delighted about!  And even more so as they can be an exceedingly healthy alternative to drinking store-bought soda or seltzers.

But if you prefer your beverages to have some real flavor, you may be wondering how to make your SodaStream water taste a little less boring without adding the sugar that you may be trying to avoid.

How do you flavor SodaStream naturally?

You can flavor SodaStream naturally in several different ways. SodaStream provides a product called Fruit Drops which are 100 percent natural and contain the essences of fruit juice; use this for natural flavor. You can also use fresh limes, lemons, berries, or oranges for flavor.

So, simply put, the best ways to flavor SodaStream naturally are:

  • Using SodaStream Fruit Drops
  • Adding limes, oranges, lemons, berries, or other fruits into the SodaStream water
  • Adding freshly squeezed fruit juice into the SodaStream water

If you are wondering exactly how to flavor your SodaStream water using the above recommendations and would like more specific information regarding proportions and ingredients, read on.

Detailed Guide on How to Flavor SodaStream Water

Important note: Remember not to operate the SodaStream machine using water that is already flavored.

Always pour in the flavoring ingredient or ingredients once the water has already been carbonated.

Here is why: the mechanism of the machine that adds the carbonation may cause the water to rise up into the machine itself, so if water with flavoring or any other ingredients is used in the SodaStream machine, then it is impossible to clean those ingredients out of the SodaStream mechanism.

Thus, make sure that you do not add any flavors or ingredients to your water until after it has already undergone the carbonation process of the SodaStream machine.

Method #1: Use Fruit Juice

Use Fruit Juice with sodastream

  1. Use the SodaStream machine to make one bottle of carbonated water. Place the cap on the SodaStream bottle and screw it on firmly and securely to preserve the carbonation.
  2. Squeeze out 1 tablespoon of citrus juice per 1 L of SodaStream water (you can use any citrus fruit of your choosing). If your SodaStream bottle holds 0.5 L, reduce the citrus juice accordingly (to 0.5 tablespoons).
  3. Use a strainer to remove any seeds or pulp from the citrus juice.
  4. Unscrew the cap from the SodaStream bottle and slowly add the 1 tablespoon of citrus juice to the SodaStream water by pouring it carefully and slowly into the bottle.
  5. Place the cap on the SodaStream bottle and screw it on firmly and securely.
  6. Invert the capped SodaStream bottle once or twice (no more than twice) to allow the fruit juice to be thoroughly mixed with the sparkling water.
  7. Enjoy! Remember to place the cap back on the SodaStream bottle securely whenever you are not drinking or serving from the bottle so that the water can retain as much of its carbonation as possible.

Other Helpful Hints

  • The following citrus fruits work very well for this method and taste great. Just make sure that your fruit is fresh:
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange

You can also use any combination of the above freshly squeezed fruit juices.

In particular, we have found that the combination of freshly squeezed lime juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a lovely flavor to the SodaStream sparkling water.

  • Here is a tip recommended by SodaStream.
    • The water that you use for the carbonation process ought to be refrigerated and cold.
      • Water that is cold from refrigeration will give you better results overall and will make your homemade flavored sparkling water taste exactly like flavored sparkling water you might buy from the store, such as those cans of LaCroix flavored sparkling water.
  • Remember to measure out the freshly squeezed citrus juice that you add to the SodaStream water.
    • That is, use a measuring spoon to get a measurement that is as exact as possible.
    • If you add too much or too little of the freshly squeezed citrus juice, your SodaStream water may end up tasting either too sour or too flavorless.
    • Don’t make this mistake; just use a measuring spoon.
      • You can also use a strainer, if you would like, in order to aid you in your process of measuring.
      • We have found that 1 tablespoon of citrus juice serves as a satisfactory amount for flavoring the amount of water which is contained in the 1 L SodaStream bottle.
      • If you find that this amount of citrus juice is not strong enough for your taste, feel free to add more;
        • just make sure that you measure out the extra amount you are adding so that when you achieve the desired taste, you know exactly how much citrus juice you will need to add the next time.
  • Be sure to add the freshly squeezed citrus juice to the SodaStream bottle very slowly.
  • If the citrus juice is added too quickly to the SodaStream water, then the entire concoction will simply fizz up and overflow out of the SodaStream bottle, ruining your chance to have a whole bottle of perfectly flavored SodaStream water.

Method #2: Use SodaStream Fruit Drops

sodastream fruit drops natural flavoring

  1. Use the SodaStream machine to make one bottle of carbonated water.
    1. Place the cap on the SodaStream bottle and screw it on firmly and securely to preserve the carbonation.
  2. Measure out approximately one half of a teaspoon (or 2 mL) of the SodaStream Fruit Drops flavor of your choosing in order to flavor 1 L of water. In order to flavor half a liter of water, measure out approximately one fourth of a teaspoon (or 1 mL) of the Fruit Drops liquid. In order to flavor more or less water, use a proportional amount of the Fruit Drops flavor.
  3. Unscrew the cap from the SodaStream bottle, tilt the bottle so that it is angled (but not so much that the water spills out), and slowly add the previously measured amount of SodaStream Fruit Drops.
  4. Place the cap on the SodaStream bottle and screw it on firmly and securely.
  5. Invert the capped SodaStream bottle once or twice (no more than twice) to allow the Fruit Drops to be thoroughly mixed with the sparkling water.
  6. Enjoy! Remember to place the cap back on the SodaStream bottle securely whenever you are not drinking or serving from the bottle so that the water can retain as much of its carbonation as possible.

You can pick these Flavor Drops here from Amazon.

Other Helpful Hints

  • Here is a tip recommended by SodaStream.
    • The water that you use for the carbonation process ought to be refrigerated and cold.
    • Water that is cold from refrigeration will give you better results overall and will make your homemade flavored sparkling water taste exactly like flavored sparkling water you might buy from the store, such as those cans of LaCroix flavored sparkling water.
  • Add the SodaStream Fruit Drops to the SodaStream bottle slowly.
    • If the citrus juice is added too quickly to the SodaStream water, then the entire concoction may fizz up and overflow out of the SodaStream bottle, ruining your chance to have an entire bottle of perfectly flavored SodaStream water.

Method #3: Use Fresh Fruit

  1. Use the SodaStream machine to make one bottle of carbonated water.
    1. Place the cap on the SodaStream bottle and screw it on firmly and securely to preserve the carbonation.
  2. Prepare fruit such as lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, or berries.
    1. For the fruits that have peels, you can cut them into pieces or slice them into slices.
      1. Whether you include the peel of the fruit in the water is your personal preference. If you prefer not to include the peel, then peel the fruit before chopping it.
        1. Smaller fruits without peels (such as berries) may be used whole if you so choose.
  3. Add the prepared fruit into a clean, empty serving glass. You can muddle the fruit in the bottom of the glass if you wish.
    1. You may also serve with ice for a more refreshing beverage; if you wish to do so, place the ice inside the glass after the fruit.
    2. Unscrew the cap from the SodaStream bottle and pour the carbonated water into the glass with the fruit.
  4. Enjoy!
    1. Remember to place the cap back on the SodaStream bottle securely whenever you are not drinking or serving from the bottle so that the water can retain as much of its carbonation as possible.

use fresh fruit with your sodastream

Other Helpful Advice

  • In addition to fresh fruit, you can also add fresh herbs such as basil, sage, or mint.
  • Garnishing the serving glass with a slice of fruit will add a classy, professional look to your flavored SodaStream beverage.
  • Here is a tip recommended by SodaStream.
    • The water that you use for the carbonation process ought to be refrigerated and cold.
    • Water that is cold from refrigeration will give you better results overall and will make your homemade flavored sparkling water taste exactly like flavored sparkling water you might buy from the store, such as those cans of LaCroix flavored sparkling water.
  • This method will result in bits of fruit floating around your glass of sparkling water.
    • If this bothers you, use Method #1 instead to get the flavor of the fruit without the pieces of fruit inside the water.

SodaStream Fruit Drops

If you are wondering exactly what the aforementioned SodaStream Fruit Drops are, here is some more detailed information:

SodaStream Fruit Drops come in the following flavors:

  • Lemon
  • Raspberry
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cucumber
  • Coconut
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Pear
  • Strawberry-Lemon
  • Mango

Each 40 mL Fruit Drops bottle can flavor about 20 L of water.

What Are the Ingredients in SodaStream Fruit Drops?

SodaStream Fruit Drops are made from all-natural ingredients and contain no sugar, no sweetener, no calories, no caffeine, no sodium, and no preservatives. Each bottle of Fruit Drops contains the essence of the fruit it derives its flavor from, such as lemon juice for Lemon Drops. Only natural flavors are used.

You can pick these Flavor Drops here from Amazon.

How Much Flavor Should I Add to My SodaStream?

For SodaStream Fruit Drops, 2 mL or about half a teaspoon will flavor 1 L of water.

When using freshly squeezed fruit juice, we have found that 1 tablespoon of fruit juice is good for flavoring 1 L of water. You may adjust this amount slightly according to your tastes and preferences.

For other types of SodaStream flavoring, refer to the label to determine the correct amount to be used.

Are SodaStream Flavors Healthy?

natural healthy citrus flavor for sodastreamSodaStream Fruit Drops are quite healthy, as they contain no sugar, sweeteners, or preservatives of any kind and use only natural ingredients.

Freshly squeezed fruit juice is also healthy, as it will not contain added sugars, preservatives, or other such junk.

Drinking SodaStream water flavored with Fruit Drops, fruit juice, or fresh fruit is an extremely healthy alternative to drinking soda.

In fact, studies have shown that drinking sparkling water is as healthy for you or perhaps even healthier for you than drinking regular water, and it is definitely much healthier than sugary soda.

Other types of SodaStream flavors may contain more sugar or artificial sweeteners in order to create the taste of soda, so they are not so healthy for you.

Try to avoid drinking beverages with added sugar or sweeteners for the best health results.

And as I said above a great option are  these Flavor Drops here from Amazon.

Chris Watson

I'm the owner and blogger here at SodaPopCraft.Com. I'm a soft drinks enthusiast amd I'm bringing you all I know and research from the world of Soda Pop & Kombucha soft drinks. I hope it inspires you to make your own healthier fizzy drinks at home.Read more About Me here

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