Drinks

Homemade Flavoured Sodas aka Flavoured Fizz

Fizz? Bubbles. An airated drink. Minus the sugar. Minus the nasties.

Think refreshing. Cooling. That aaaahhhh moment (sans-coke). It’s my kind of green juice (sorry guys, I’m not a fan!). I crave a bit of fizz every now and then, even though eighty percent of my week I live sugarfree.

Seems it’s not just me making these sodas. This cafe does killer a peach version (available seasonally), which I adore. This cafe does a rhubarb, ginger and lemon version, that is the loveliest shade of rose pink – that tastes like iced tea – the combination is refreshingly tasty.

In comparision to those cafe versions, my homemade soda water versions are all about keeping it clear. Just adding a slice of this, and a slice of that – to lightly flavour the fizz. Here goes…

Lemongrass and ginger fizz.
My chosen tea after I’ve had my fair share of coffees and want to move onto a non-milky drink. To make life easy for yourself, keep ginger slices and lemongrass stalks in the the freezer. I buy lemongrass in bulk when it’s on special or if I happen to drop by Paddy’s market. Simply bruise your lemongrass by tapping the back of your knife against the lemongrass every few centimeters – this helps to release the flavour. Simply add one stalk and one good slice of ginger then top with cold soda water. Let it infuse for a moment then drink!

Longan and cucumber fizz.
Longans are what I call the superior lychee. Longans are smaller with more delicate flesh – they are best bought at your asian grocer. They have a thin brown skin which is really easy to peel. The flesh covers a small brown pip. It’s taste is milder then the lychee, more rounded – smoother – worth trying. It may be hard to get this little guys, so I keep a can of these in my pantry (available from asian supermarkets). The syrup is very sweet so only use a few balls of the fruit (place the leftovers of the can in a snap-lock back and freeze). Add a slice of cucumber then top with soda water. Serve with a spoon.

Watermelon and mint fizz.
There are two options for making this fizz. You could muddle the watermelon and add a sprig of mint for a pink – very watermelon-ey fizz. Or take my clear route, by placing one tall chunk of watermelon and a sprig of mint, then top with soda water. Be sure to leave it to infuse for a minute or two. The advantage of my clear fizz? You get to use your watermelon chunk acts as a stirrer, then eat it as an after drink snack. The flavour is milder but, that’s to my liking.

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Homemade Flavoured Sodas

Make a jug or single serves. Either way – it’s mighty refreshing.

Lemongrass and ginger fizz

1 stalk of lemongrass, bruised
1 slice of ginger
Top with soda water

Longan and cucumber fizz

5 x longans
2 slices of cucumber
Top with soda water

Watermelon and mint fizz

1 long rectangular slice of watermelon
1 sprig of mint
Top with soda water


The Simplest Cocktail : Sorbet Spiders

Sorbet and rum? Sweet beans, this is the easiest cocktail (or dinner party drink) you’ll ever make.¬†And the beauty lies in the sorbet.

There’s no muddling or sugar-syrup making fuss. With only one ingredient to measure – the rum shot (hot tip: use the two rum lid fulls if you don’t have a shot glass). Other than that, just grab a clear glass – short or tall – add one shot of rum – one scoop of sorbet – then top with soda water. Add complimentary ingredients (think herbs, fruit, spices). And watch it foam up beautifully.

As the drinks foam up quite quickly, you may want to pour the soda water at the table for a bit of food-drama. Bring out your inner-Heston.

It’s best to buy the sorbet from a great gelato shop – as that’s where the bulk of the flavour and sweetness lie. Luckily for me, my local gelato shop has the most incredible (and award winning) flavours – so a tub of their sorbet stays in my freezer for small spoonfuls as a late night treat or these sorbet spiders.

Now, I’ll feeling like holding a dinner party – just to bust these bad-boys out.

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SORBET SPIDERS

INGREDIENTS
SHORT OR TALL CLEAR GLASS
45MLS OF BACARDI RUM
1 SCOOP OF SORBET
TOP WITH SODA WATER

LET’S GET DRINKING

STEP ONE
Place any complementary ingredients into your glass

STEP TWO
Pour the rum to your glass

STEP THREE
Add one scoop of your favourite sorbet

STEP FOUR
Top with cold soda water

STEP FIVE
Add a garnish of your choosing

FLAVOURS INSPIRATION (AS PICTURED)

Cucumber and granny smith apple sorbet spider

Blood orange and basil sorbet spider

Pineapple and mint sorbet spider




 
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