Raspberry Vanilla Soda

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Ah, soda. Or pop. Or coke. Whatever you and your region call it, it remains many a human being’s guilty pleasure. Fortunately, it’s easy to make at home, where you can control the ingredients. Oh, and homemade soda has way more flavor, tastes really fresh, and isn’t full of chemicals that make you feel like you can’t stop drinking it.

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I found this little gem in Joanne Chang’s cookbook, Flour, Too, and knew I had to try it once raspberry season hit. It didn’t disappoint. So richly flavorful, with strong vanilla overtones that surprisingly don’t fight the tart raspberries. I can assure you, this is a soda you will not find at your local convenience store!

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And, like I said earlier, this isn’t really addictive. I mean, it’s really good, so you do want to keep enjoying it of course, but it’s so much easier to practice moderation on homemade soda than on the commercially made cans.

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Oh, and Matt wanted me to be sure and tell you guys: apparently this is extremely tasty with a little vodka thrown in! So enjoy (spiked or not)!

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Source: slightly adapted from Flour, Too by Joanne Chang

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh raspberries
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out
2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
1 to 1 ¼ cups club soda for each drink

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine the raspberries, sugar, vanilla seeds and the bean itself, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour.
Pick out the vanilla beans and then transfer this mixture to a blender. Puree, then strain the mixture through a sieve placed over a small bowl or large glass measuring cup to remove most of the raspberry seeds. Add the lemon and lime juices to the raspberry puree and stir to combine. Refrigerate the syrup if not using immediately.
For each drink put 3 tbs raspberry syrup in the bottom of a drinking glass, then fill the glass with ice. Pour in the club soda. Stir gently with a long spoon until well mixed, then serve immediately.

5 responses to “Raspberry Vanilla Soda

  1. Julie this is brilliant–my son discovered soda a few years ago at band camp and shares his mom’s obsession with it (and unagi, and everything bagels with lox, red onion and caper for that matter).
    I think I’ll have him make the syrup base and we’ll enjoy sodas together at home.
    Thanks!

  2. Hi, Julie!!!! Could you substitute vanilla extract? And how much?

    • Texan New Yorker

      Karen, hi!!! Yes, you can sub vanilla extract. I would add it at the end (when you add the lemon and lime juice) and start with 1/2 a teaspoon, then taste and add more if you like.

      The original recipe called for vanilla sugar, which I can find but wasn’t going to buy for 1 recipe. I had a vanilla bean so I went with that. I think extract would be fine though. 🙂

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