Do you say “soda” or “pop”?
If you’re from the Midwest, and more specifically from the Chicago area, you only say pop and probably feel a little icky saying the word soda. I know I do. I apologize in advance to all the soda-sayers who will be annoyed for the rest of this post.
I stopped drinking the bubbly drink when I was a sophomore in high school. I didn’t drink it that much to begin with, and it kind of just grossed me out with how sugary it was and how it made my teeth feel grimy after having a glass.
Much to my dismay, my Food Network June issue had a whole feature and recipe booklet of pop recipes. I read up on the differences between club soda, seltzer, and sparkling mineral. They’re all just water with carbonation added. Hmm…okay, so I can make my own pop using water and homemade syrup? Sounds yummy.
The syrup recipes looked really good, too. The only off-putting thing for me was the amount of sugar needed. One cup of sugar in each batch. Too much for my teeth to handle.
So, I thought, “Make healthy pop, and you will become rich and famous.”
And I did.
So now all I gotta do is wait to become rich and famous for making healthy pop.
Sub in some organic agave nectar for the sugar, use organic blackberries and limes, and you’ve got a sugar-free, organic healthy(ish) homemade pop. Perfectly perfect for a hot summer day.
Which also doubles as an excellent Greek yogurt add-in.
- 2 cups organic blackberries
- 1 organic lime
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup organic agave nectar
- club soda or seltzer water
- Combine the blackberries, water, and agave nectar in a pot over medium heat until syrupy, about 18-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in the juice from 1 lime. Let cool completely. Stir into cold seltzer water or club soda.
- Strain if you do not wish to have chunks of blackberries in your drink. I personally think it makes the drink much more flavorful and fun.