Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book review: The Artisan Soda Workshop

I received a book a few weeks ago that I'm really excited about. It's called The Artisan Soda Workshop. Here's a bit about this book, from some information that I received:

Imagine your family drinking all-natural versions of their favorite sodas—cherry cola, lemon-lime, root beer and ginger ale. Well, now they can with "The Artisan Soda Workshop" recipe book.

With 70 palate-pleasing recipes, step-by-step instructions and dozens of colorful photos, this book makes it easy to create your own soda fountain favorites as well as fun fruit and spice concoctions: strawberry soda, prickly pear soda and apple cider soda.

By making your own homemade sodas, you control everything that goes into your beverage. You get essential vitamins and antioxidants that just don’t exist in store-bought brands.
There are SO many yummy-sounding recipes in this book that it was really hard to decide where to start. Eventually we decided on Peach Syrup, since peaches are in season now and we had some around. I found the instructions really easy to follow and the whole process went smoothly. And the results were delicious! I really like that you don't have to have any special equipment to make these sodas.  Even though I've been campaigning my husband for a SodaStream, I don't have one yet, so I appreciated that you can add the syrups to plain old seltzer water and the results are still good.

I've also made a delicious batch of iced coffee, thanks to a recipe in this book.  And I'm just waiting for some bananas to ripen so that I can make Banana-Brown Sugar Syrup for a soda drink. Yum! There are 70 recipes in this book, ranging from classic sodas to fruit flavors, aqua frescas and shrubs and even drinks with alcohol. I think any of these drinks would make a party or gathering really special and I plan to whip up a batch of something when I have guests over next!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Nicolthe pickle said...

This book looks amazing. I've been thinking about making some homemade soda.
Do you think they have this book at Chapters?

Aly said...
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Aly said...

Thanks for such a sweet review of my book! I will say -- I bought the SodaStream before I wrote the book. I had debated about getting one for a couple of years. I adore it. I like that I can control the amount of fizz that I want on the seltzer. And who can argue with seltzer on demand? It's worth the counter space.

PS. Sorry, I deleted the comment above. I was just trying to get it to appear from a different "identity" that displayed my full name.