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 homemade soda syrup recipe and tutorial from these are easy to make and so much better for you!

Summer and soda (or pop, or Coke, or soda-pop, or whatever the heck you want to call it) go hand-in-hand.  But we aren’t fans of all the chemicals and sugar in our soda.  So we created our very own homemade soda syrup recipes very similarly to our ever popular homemade coffee syrup recipe.  Now, we can simply ad a bit to our carbonated water and have our own chemical-free and gourmet sodas. (Although Izze is growing in popularity around our house.  Did you know they’re 70% juice?!)

Yep, we are that smart.  And we’re sharing our genius with you.  Soda syrups for everyone!!!

Unless, of course, you don’t think it’s worth it.  And would rather take the time this would take to do something else.  Maybe get a manicure?  Or fix your car?  Or sit in front of the TV watching crap?  We don’t judge.  That’s perfectly acceptable, too!

But in case you want to make your own sodas this summer, we want you to know how.

We don’t have pictures of each step.  Why?  Well…there aren’t many steps.  And you can’t really see a difference between pictures.  So you’ll just have to trust that we aren’t leading you astray.

We made strawberry basil, cucumber, and lemon lime soda syrup.  The basic recipe for soda syrup is followed by directions for the specific types.

These soda syrups use the same basic recipe as our popular coffee syrup recipe (seriously…this post has been ridiculously popular!).  If you get the basic recipe down, an unlimited number of variations is possible! If you need more details about that recipe then what you see here in this post head HERE for a printable version of the recipe.

Homemade Soda Syrup Recipe and How-To:

  1. Mix together 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar in a heavy sauce pan.  Put on stove on high heat.
  2. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  IMMEDIATELY remove from heat.

soda syrup recipe and tutorial from

Note: when we say watch closely that it doesn’t boil over, we mean it.  This is what happened to our first batch, because I didn’t take the pan off the heat right as it started to boil.  Don’t hesitate!  See the bubbles, remove from heat.  This is the only part that is really tricky at all.

3. Turn stove down to simmer (lowest setting), and return pan to heat.  Make sure that you’ve waited long enough for the heat to actually go down to a lower setting, so you aren’t in danger of boiling the syrup over again.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4.  Add 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, and let cool. 

5.  Pour into a container and save to use!  Add a small amount to the bottom of a glass, and top it off with carbonated water. We used about 3 tablespoons soda syrup for our 12 oz. bottle of soda, but you can use whatever tastes right.

soda syrup recipe and tutorial from

But plain old syrup is boring, so you probably want to know what you can add to make this even more delicious.  

Strawberry-basil:  Put one full basil leaf and 2 cups frozen strawberries (fresh would work, too) in the pan at the very beginning, and keep them in through the whole process.  Use a very fine strainer to keep the strawberries and basil out of your syrup when you transfer it to a jar.

Cucumber: Slice one full cucumber and add it to the sugar-water mixture at the beginning.  Keep it in through the whole cooking process. Use a strainer to keep the cucumber slices out of the syrup when transferring it to a jar.

Lemon-Lime:  After the syrup has boiled and simmered, add 3 T each of lemon and lime juice.  Stir well, and allow to cool.


And if you are having trouble finding great bottles for the syrups, here is one of our favorites.

The Bellie is the newest addition to the site. She writes a lot of the content, but takes almost none of the pictures. The Bellie also writes most of the content for our sister site, The Camp Whisperer.


  1. Shanna

    June 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Saw this on Pinterest just a day after thumbing through an old issue of Hobby Farm Home with soda syrup recipes (May/June 2013). They shared recipes like Pear Ginger and Blackberry Lavender. I think I need to try some!

    • the Bellie

      June 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      You absolutely do! Once you learn one…you can make all sorts!

  2. Bonna Fahey

    September 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Can you add Kool-Aid to this mixture to make fruit flavored such as grape flavor to make Lime Rickeys?

    • Nellie

      September 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      You know, I’m not sure. The added ingredients in the Kool-aid I’m not sure about. I THINK so. And, I think it would be awesome. But, I am not positive and hate to say for sure! If you do try it…let me know how it goes!

  3. Rei

    August 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Sorry, I meant soda. Sorry for the typo!

  4. Rei

    August 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Great idea for customizable smoke syrups! Do they have to be refrigerated?

    • the Bellie

      August 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Yes, the should be refrigerated. They can last a bit outside the fridge, but they last much better when cool.

  5. Raven Littlefeather

    May 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I have a diabetic child, so I was wondering if Splenda could replace the sugar with the same results?

    • the Bellie

      May 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Oh, man. We’re sorry to say that we’re pretty sure it won’t work. The chemical reaction to make simple syrup would be missing. Sorry!

    • Chantal

      June 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Try Coconut Palm Sugar. It has a low GI and should work to make a syrup.

  6. Jess

    May 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    what does the cream of tartar do?

    • the Bellie

      May 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

      The cream of tartar helps to prevent crystallization.

  7. Patti Fiedler

    May 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    What do you think of using the root beer extract that comes in a little bottle like vanilla does? I’ve used it before and it has a good flavor.

    • the Bellie

      May 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      We haven’t tried it…but it sounds like it would be delicious! You’ll have to let us know how it works out for you.

  8. Shannon

    May 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I make cream soda by adding 3-4 Tbsp vanilla, and ginger ale, by adding thinly sliced ginger at the beginning. I still buy the soda stream cola flavor for my husband, but the kids and I LOVE cream soda:D

    • the Bellie

      May 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Ooooh, we’re going to try that. Thanks for the tip!

    • Kim Irvin

      May 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      do you add the vanilla, ginger ale and sliced ginger at the beginning of cooking the syrup?

      • shannon

        May 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        For the ginger ale, I add the ginger at the begining, for cream soda I add the vanilka at the end, unless I happen to have vanilla bean pods, those would be added at the beginning, but are not necassary.

  9. Jennay

    May 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    So looking forward to trying this recipe out at home! Thanks so much for sharing with us! I hope you don’t mind…I’ve added this post to my Pinterest Top Finds of the Week post. I hope it will bring you some new followers! Have a great weekend!

    • the Bellie

      May 13, 2014 at 8:56 am


      Thanks for thinking of us! And no, we absolutely don’t mind people sharing our posts with others. We always just ask that you point back to us and don’t share all the content on your own site.

  10. Christina

    May 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!!!!processed food is so scary and soda might be one of the worst!!i love homemade lemonade mixed with sparkling water.:)

  11. Kim (TheKimSixFix)

    April 25, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Oh I love this post. I have a SodaStream and I hate buying the syrups. These are so much better since I can make them just how I like them! Love!

    • the Bellie

      April 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

      We have a SodaStream too, but it hasn’t gotten much use recently because we also hate buying the syrups. Now we don’t have to either! Score!

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