Soda is one of the most popular bottled beverages anywhere around. In just about every restaurant, most meals come with a product from a bottling company like Coca Cola, so it has truly become a very pervasive component of pop culture and our diet. Whether or not its nutritious enough for everyday consumption is a totally different subject.
The thing that makes soda pop so different from other drinks is the fact that it's fizzy. Whether it's cola or a lime soda, what sets it apart from regular water or juices is the feeling you get in your mouth and throat because of the bubbles. Have you ever tasted soda that's already gone flat? It's bad, isn't it?
Soda undergoes a carbonation process which makes the water in the drink hold more air than is usual for most liquids. This is the signature of the beverage, and while it may seem that it will be impossible or very hard to replicate at home, you'll be surprised to learn that are very easy recipes for the drink.
Here's how to make your own version of soda pop at home.
- Get about a quart of water and put it in a casserole or saucepan. Boil the water and add four cups of white sugar, as well as 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar. This should add the first layer of flavor that you will want for your soda pop.
- Add a tablespoon of vanilla to the boiling concoction. Stir the resulting mixture and leave it to cool.
- Once the drink-in-progress has cooled, add three beaten egg whites and stir thoroughly. The egg whites also bring in the air, so this should add the fizzy nature of the drink. Once the egg whites have been well-integrated to the rest of the mixture, refrigerate it for a while.
- The refrigerated mixture will now serve as the concentrated mix for your beverage. To prepare the drink, simply add two tablespoons of this syrupy mixture to eight ounces (roughly a glass) of ice-cold water. Add a quarter teaspoon of tartaric acid powder to add the final touches to the fizz and flavor profile.
- Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to help more air go into the drink. Upon addition of the powder, you should instantaneously see the drink fizz, pop and crackle on the surface. This should now start looking more like a glass of sprite - lots of bubbles will be rising to the top.
A soda pop may be easily bought from any store, but if you want to impress your friends, going the extra mile to make your own beverage may just do the trick. With this simple recipe, you can assure yourself that not only the dishes in your next part would be the knockout - even the night cap can end up being the coup de grace. Just add any herbs, spices, or other flavors that you want to the mix. Treat it like a cocktail! Be creative and have fun with it.