Unusual recipes

Cinnamon Spice Soda

Cinnamon Spice Soda

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Trade booze or sugary sodas for refreshing homemade soda. This Cinnamon Spice Soda (one of our three healthy sodas) adds a touch of warmth reminiscent of an old-fashioned root beer, with a fraction of the sugar in store-bought soda and mixers. And you won't even need special equipment. Just mix the syrup with seltzer water.

Ingredients

  • 9 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (broken into small pieces)
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod, crushed

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 44
  • Fat 0.0g
  • Satfat 0.0g
  • Monofat 0.0g
  • Polyfat 0.0g
  • Protein 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate 12g
  • Fiber 0.0g
  • Cholesterol 0.0mg
  • Iron 4mg
  • Sodium 3mg
  • Calcium 11mg
  • Sugars 10g
  • Est. added sugars 10g

How to Make It

Combine brown sugar, water, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and crushed cardamom pod in a saucepan over medium-high; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; steep 1 hour. Strain syrup; discard solids. Cool completely. Stir 1 1/2 Tbsp. syrup into 1 cup (or more, depending on desired flavor) seltzer water. Store syrup chilled up to 2 weeks.


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