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


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 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.