There is nothing like a fresh glass of soda whenever you are tired of ordinary tap water and want something tastier to drink. With the right soda maker, you can turn plain water into soda, and do so in no more than 30 seconds.

The market abounds with home soda makers, most of which are portable. There are some advantages to owning such a device; if you are a regular soda drinker, then having your own maker will save you money in the long run, as compared to buying ready-made sodas from the store.

Moreover, you get to choose the flavor. Some soda makers come with their own mix varieties, but make sure they are not too high in corn syrup and aspartame. Depending on the brand, you can make 12 liters of soda from just one bottle of soda mix. Nonetheless, these units are used not only to carbonate soda, but also water, juice, beer and wine, and you can also re-carbonate flat beverages.

How to make your own soda

Fill your bottle with cold water – good quality bottles will have a fill line or some other mark. Ideally, you should refrigerate the water first, so that it absorbs carbonation more easily and holds it for longer.

Next, take the water out of the refrigerator and begin carbonation by press down on the carbonating button. The CO2 levels in your drink will depend on your personal preferences, but generally, lighter carbonation is recommended for sparkling water and fruit-flavored water, whereas seltzers and colas taste better with more CO2; you can get additional hints on the web.

Once the drink is fizzed, un-screw the bottle, tilt it, and pour the soda mix. Depending on how sweet you want your drink to be, you can either use a pre-dosed amount or a regular cup. Then, put the cap on the bottle, shake it to infuse the carbonated water with the soda mix, and let it settle for a few moments.

Protecting the environment

Under certain conditions, soda makers are actually friendly to the environment given that most models require no electricity and no batteries. Some soda makers use CO2 cartridges, while others work on a reusable CO2 carbonator instead. Either way, as long as they use air tight seals, the carbon dioxide won’t escape. Furthermore, if you make sure to use the same bottles every time, you will lower plastic waste.

Enjoy Home-Made Soda This Summer

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