Homemade Soda Syrup

 homemade soda syrup recipe and tutorial from nelliebellie.com. 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 there can be so many chemicals and sugars in ordinary soda,  so we made these homemade soda syrups. Now, you can simply add a bit of carbonated water and have your own chemical-free and gourmet sodas. (Although Izze is growing in popularity.  Did you know they’re 70% juice?!)

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And this recipe needs to be shared.  Homemade 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?  No judgment here.  That’s perfectly acceptable, too! Normal soda is a lot faster than making syrups, it’s okay.

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

There aren’t many steps, it’s easy.

There is 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.  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.

These homemade soda syrups are a great substitute for store bought, from nelliebellie.com

Homemade Soda Syrup

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  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
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  • Mix together water and sugar in a heavy sauce pan, along with whatever you want to flavor your soda.  Put on stove on high heat. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  IMMEDIATELY remove from heat. Note: Really, watch closely so it doesn't boil over. It boils over easily.
  • 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.
  • Add 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, and let cool.
  • 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 nelliebellie.com


soda syrup recipe and tutorial from nelliebellie.com

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.

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23 thoughts on “Homemade Soda Syrup”

  1. 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!

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

  4. 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!

  5. Raven Littlefeather

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Jennay,

    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.:)

  14. 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!

  15. Kim (TheKimSixFix)

    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!

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