Hi. I’m Jennie from The Messy Baker, and I’m here to fill in while Sofie is having the time of her life on vacation. I made y’all some refreshing strawberry rosemary soda to quench your thirst in this hot, hot heat.
I’m not a fan of store bought soda because it’s too sweet and most them contain caffeine, something I can’t handle too much of. I’m like a small child. Caffeine makes me hyper and jittery. I all ready have trouble sitting still and relaxing, and caffeine takes my all ready over active personality to a different level. I drink my caffeine in the morning via coffee, and I’m done with it for the rest of the day.
I’m not sure about you, but store-bought soda doesn’t actually quench my thirst. If anything, it leaves me unsatisfied, and I still end up craving water or some other liquid to satisfy my thirst.
Homemade soda is different. It doesn’t contain the amount of sugar as its store bought counterpart, which is why you feel refreshed and satisfied after you drink the homemade stuff. It’s the perfect drink for kids.
Homemade soda is extremely easy to make. All you have to do is make a simple fruit syrup by boiling down your favorite fruit with a sweetener, I use agave nectar, and water. It’s a cake walk. Trust me.
Add a little vodka to this drink to turn it into a delicious cocktail. Enjoy!
Thanks for asking me to guest post, Sofie!
Strawberry Rosemary Syrup
1 16 oz. bag frozen strawberries
3 cups water
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 sprig fresh rosemary
In a medium-sized saucepan, add water, strawberries, and agave. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer into a large bowl (preferably one with a spout for easy transfer). Using a spatula, press down on the strawberries to release all of their juices.
Transfer the strained mixture back to the saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, add the sprig of rosemary and simmer until the mixture reduces to about 2 cups of liquid.
Chill the syrup in the refrigerator until completely cool, about 2 hours. Add ice to a glass, pour in desired amount of syrup, and top with club soda. Enjoy!