You may remember a while back when I asked for opinions on the SodaStream home soda maker.
Well, I finally got one. Actually, I got one soon after that conversation, but never set it up or gave it a try. First, because I still had other pre-bought soda to get through (I don’t drink it all that often, so it took me a while), & then because I was really nervous about using it. I’m not good with new machinery & had visions of CO2 exploding, water spraying everywhere, syrup mixes spilling & getting everything sticky. So I put it off…& put it off…& put it off.
But finally, I worked up my courage & gave it a try. It was amazingly easy to put together & make that first bottle of soda. I chose Lemon-Lime from the sample pack the SodaStream came with. I was also hugely relieved that it didn’t need to be plugged in somewhere, because if there’s anything I don’t have, it’s extra outlets & counter space. :cat
I was so excited to try the soda for the first time, but I have to tell you—I was disappointed. Yeah, it was a little warm having been made with water straight from the tap, but aside from that, it tasted like cheap, generic soda to me, & flat cheap, generic soda on top of that. And I thought to myself :ohcrap because once again—of course—I had gone totally overboard, buying up big bottles of nearly every flavor syrup they had at the same time I bought the machine. Yeah, the smart thing would have been to wait until I’d tried the sample flavors that came with the SodaStream itself, then go back & only buy my favorites…but no one has ever accused me of being smart. :elvis
So like I said, I was disappointed, wondering if I’d wasted an awful lot of money & how bad the rest of the flavors were going to be if even the Lemon-Lime was kind of gross. But I left it in the fridge overnight, & an amazing thing happened. It tasted better the next day after sitting for a while & getting much colder. I still can’t say I loved it, because it still seemed flat to me, but it was…less of a disappointment.
After finishing that flavor, I tried another—Diet Pink Grapefruit. Oh, I had such high hopes for this one, because I absolutely adore all things grapefruit. And this time, I added a bit more carbonation. Okay, a lot more. LOL And instead of trying it immediately, I stuck it straight in the fridge & left it overnight. I think that really helped, because when I finally gave it a sip, it was good. Not as grapefruity as I’d hoped, but very much like Fresca, which is exactly what they compare it to.
So now I think I’m going to like this thing. I’m eager to try their Diet Cola & Root Beer &…oooh, Cherry Cola. (Wish they had that in diet.) And after a bit of trial & error, I think I’ll be able to find a balance of carbonation that I like. It still doesn’t fizz as much as regular (pre-bought) soda when I open the bottle or pour it into a glass, but maybe it doesn’t need to. If it tastes fizzy enough, maybe I just need to get used to that aspect of making my own soda.
And I already have a new SodaStream shopping list started: Second CO2 canister for back-up. More Pink Grapefruit mix. Extra bottles—preferably the smaller ones—so I can have more than one flavor on hand at a time.
But once again, I would love everybody’s opinions on this.
Did you feel the same way at first?
Have you found what works best to make for a fizzier, tastier drink?
And what are some of your favorite flavors to mix up with the SodaStream?
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