Seltzer is all the rage right now thanks to LaCroix, Polar, and a bunch of other brands. But drinking slightly essenced seltzer might not be enough sweetness if you drink a couple cans of Coke a day. Enter: the syrups you’d typically use for cocktails. These are slim bottles of thickly concentrated flavor like ginger, berry, or even cola that you can add at your own pace to your favorite plain seltzer. Using syrups typically used for cocktails means that you can control how much sugar is going into your beverage. Too often with sodas prepared for us, we have no idea how much sugar is going into our drinks. If you add your own syrup, you can see the sugar that’s going in for yourself, and then taste along the way. If it’s your New Year’s resolution to wean yourself off of Coke, it’ll be easier if you can have something else you like that’s just a little less sweet.
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Here are some syrups you can try:
Make your own
You can make your own simple syrup (literally just a syrup combining sugar and water) when you abide by a “simple” 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. Add a cup of sugar to a cup of water and heat on low, until the sugar is dissolved. Then add a second cup and heat until the syrup thickens. You can add a splash of vodka as a preservative. To make flavored syrup, add lemon zest, berries, or herbs to the mixture when warming.
Get our Rhubarb Syrup recipe.
Get our Strawberry Syrup recipe.
Get our Cranberry Simple Syrup recipe.
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