We are Tammy and James, and we're just beginning to experiment with making our own all-natural artisanal sodas at our home in Oklahoma.
As you can see from the picture below, we are very much in love with each other, and we both are enjoying the pleasures of braces in our mid thirties.
We got bored with just ignoring our orthodontist's instructions to not drink soda, and decided we'd take it to another level and make our own.
We're pictured below attending a ball-game. You can't get decent soda at a stadium, even if you can get out of the stands and want to stand in line at the concessions.
As you may guess, our profile name for our soda venture, like many things in our daily lives, was inspired by our ever-present canines. Clockwise, from bottom left are Mr. Stoops (can you guess our favorite football team?), Sissy and Popeye. They love to prowl while we're working in the kitchen.
Neither of us had any experience making soda at home when we started this, so a little research was needed. We came across this book, 'Homemade Soda' by Andrew Schloss. A payment to Amazon and a couple of days later and we had it in our hands. It is well worth the investment if you're interested in making all-natural sodas and soda inspired concoctions at home.
The book is ideal for beginners because Schloss started with no experience in soda-making when he set out to write the book. The result is an interesting read that takes you from no experience to comfortably making homemade soda, with some great background on soda history and science.
It's an easy read and the recipes are designed with little required equipment. You likely have the equipment in your kitchen already if you're not a bachelor.
He provides 200 recipes for different types of sodas and soda-based foods. The soda recipes include three different carbonation methods (when appropriate for the given recipe) offering the option to craft syrup and mix it store-bought seltzer (no special equipment needed), to carbonate with a soda siphon (buy a siphon) or carbonate with yeast brewing (now you've begun an involved and expensive hobby).
The options give lots of flexibility, and the recipes are a great springboard from which to launch into your own concocted fruit and herb blended sodas.
We purchased an ISI siphon (more on it and its performance later), but most of our attempts at this stage involve making syrup (basically combinations of fruit juice, herbs, natural oils, water and sugar, ohhhh the sugar) and mixing it with seltzer or water.
Tammy doesn't care for the carbonation, so we're working on recipes that make a good, quality syrup that can be blended for a great soda or an equally tasty flat beverage.
We hope you'll enjoy and try a few of our concoctions, or come up with some of your own.
Let us know how it goes!