Fresh Strawberry Soda
By Hoku Kim on September 16, 2016
Here’s a simple soda recipe for the flavored-soda fans out there, using fresh strawberries. With this recipe, we’re taking the easy way out; pre-carbonated water. Carbonation in homemade soda typically relies on yeast. But that’s a lot more effort than I was looking to get into today. Instead, I used store-bought carbonated water, also known as soda water. Combine soda water with this simple syrup, and you have yourself a delicious soda drink.

This strategy could be used to make any fruit-flavored soda; grape, cherry, watermelon, pineapple. And the list goes on. I chose strawberry to compliment the Home-style Meat Loaf leftovers we were having tonight.


1 cup Water
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
12 ounces Strawberries
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Dash of Salt
Fizzy Water
48 fluid ounces Carbonated/Soda Water, chilled


  1. Cook the Strawberries in plain water over medium heat until the strawberries are soft.
  2. Mash the strawberries and strain.
  3. Heat the strawberry liquid over low heat.
  4. Add Vanilla, Sugar, and Salt. Stir gently until sugar dissolves.
  5. Set aside, covered, and let cool. This is now a strawberry syrup.
  6. Combine 1 cup chilled Carbonated Water and 1/3 cup strawberry syrup, for a single small serving. Add ice, stir once.

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Rinse out the pot, then put it back on the stove over low heat. Pour the strawberry juice back into the pot. Add sugar, vanilla, and a dash of salt.

Set aside (or refrigerate) covered, and let cool. You now have a strawberry syrup. The ratio of syrup to carbonated water is 1:3. For a single small serving, I use 1/3 cup syrup and 1 cup carbonated water.

First pour the carbonated water into your glass/cup/jar. Then slowly add the syrup. There will be fizzing and foaming, and that’s a good thing :) Add some ice, and you’re good to go!
Strawberries are quartered, so they fill the pot better during cooking. I like to buy the small 10 fl. oz. bottles of carbonated water, because they are good for a single serving and are sold in 6-packs where I buy them.

If you want a cold soda, I suggest refrigerating the carbonated water first. Otherwise, you can always add ice later. Anyway, on with the show!
Let's begin! Cook the strawberries in simmering plain water using a small sauce pot. The strawberries will turn into mush, and the water will turn red with a fresh and tart strawberry flavor.
I use a potato masher to mash the strawberries until all of the big chunks are smooshed. This is also the start of a good jam, but we’re sticking to soda today.
Strain the liquid into a bowl using a fine-mesh strainer. I also use a wood spoon to press any liquid out of the strawberry mush and into the bowl. The leftover strawberry mush can be stored and used for other purposes: strawberry filling, strawberry spread, and whatever else you might think of :)

Refrigerate syrup until cool.
Combine strawberry syrup with cold carbonated water.

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