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Homemade Sodas to Beat the Heat, and Then Some

Who wants a drink? / Image by Sara Bateman

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!

Image by Sara B. Photography


  • Ginger, Lemon and Mint Soda 1 of 7
    Ginger, Lemon and Mint Soda
    Link: 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 7
    Lavender Soda
    Link: 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 7
    Caramel Soda
    Link: By Cherry Tea Cakes

    Sweet gets sweeter when you combine hard caramel candies and club soda.
  • Strawberry-Lemon Soda 4 of 7
    Strawberry-Lemon Soda
    Link: By Whole Foods Market

    This treat requires blended strawberries, chilled lemonade and fresh mint.
  • Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda 5 of 7
    Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda
    Link: 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 7
    Rhubarb Soda
    Link: By Kevin at Closet Cooking

    Introduce a new "veggie" to your repertoire. Rhubarb gets sweet when melted into syrup.
  • Kiwi Soda 7 of 7
    Kiwi Soda
    Link: By Regan Burns at Chow

    Kiwi, sweet agave and seltzer in a tall glass with a long spoon.

Links:

Ginger, Lemon and Mint Soda via Ill Seen Ill Said

Lavender Soda by Stormy Stewart at Just a Pinch

Caramel Soda by Cherry Tea Cakes

Strawberry-Lemon Soda from Whole Foods Market

Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda by I Am Mommy

Rhubarb Soda by Kevin at Closet Cooking

Kiwi Soda by Regan Burns at Chow

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