I’m running hot these days: It’s late July. It’s really humid. I’m pushing a lot of blood through my veins, plus there’s a baby in my stomach to keep me warm. Probably an extra layer of fat, too. It’s like 115 degrees on the East Coast today—so hot an excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday. Also so hot that Popsicles melt faster than you can say “sticky mess.”
Um, did I mention that it’s hot in here?
I’m grateful we have pool access, but what I’m really craving is an ice-cold Dr. Pepper in a tall glass. Or a Diet Coke with a whole lotta lime. And I’m sure a lot of us want more than that to drink, too.
So, what to do when we need a break but we’re not giving in to our vices? Enter the homemade soda. Six recipes after the jump!
So what if I have issues with a sweet tooth? (I just raided my baking cupboard and am eating marshmallows.) To curb the cravings and beat the heat, here are some good-looking and sounding homemade soda mixes from around the web. Drink up and happy Friday!
Ginger, Lemon and Mint Soda 1 of 7Link: via Ill Seen Ill Said
Refreshment comes with sliced ginger, fresh mint sprigs, lemons and/or limes, blue agave nectar and San Pellegrino.
Lavender Soda 2 of 7Link: By Stormy Stewart at Just a Pinch
Lavender has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. This recipe mixes the natural anti-depressant flower with ginger, sugar and vanilla.
Caramel Soda 3 of 7Link: By Cherry Tea Cakes
Sweet gets sweeter when you combine hard caramel candies and club soda.
Strawberry-Lemon Soda 4 of 7Link: By Whole Foods Market
This treat requires blended strawberries, chilled lemonade and fresh mint.
Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda 5 of 7Link: By I Am Mommy
Sweet tooths are one thing, but what if your pregnant tastebuds prefer sour? Mix some simple syrup, then add lemon juice and club soda ... plus some more lemons and limes.
Rhubarb Soda 6 of 7Link: By Kevin at Closet Cooking
Introduce a new "veggie" to your repertoire. Rhubarb gets sweet when melted into syrup.
Kiwi Soda 7 of 7Link: By Regan Burns at Chow
Kiwi, sweet agave and seltzer in a tall glass with a long spoon.