The Artisan Soda Workshop Giveaway + Sea Salt-Lime Soda

Casey Barber

by Casey Barber on September 10, 2012

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the SodaStream has changed my life. A little carbonation is the only way I can happily get through my daily water quota, and in the little more than two years that the fizzy machine has sat on my kitchen counter, I’ve become a seltzer fiend, sucking down at least a liter a day.

But sometimes plain sparkling water—or even a squeeze of lemon—isn’t enough. And while I could buy syrups that replicate the taste of Coca-Cola or Sprite for my soda-happy husband, I’m not digging the chemical additions and artificial flavors on their ingredient lists. A splash of regular fruit juice or lemonade shake things up in a daily water routine, but often I want more. Good thing my friend, cookbook author (and Good. Food. Stories. contributor) Andrea Lynn came up with 70 recipes for homemade soda syrups to stir into plain old seltzer in her new book, The Artisan Soda Workshop—and you can win a copy of the book for your very own!

sea salt lime soda
It’s tough to call this a cookbook per se because the recipes are so inspired, yet so simple. Real ingredients—prickly pear, rosemary, kiwi, cantaloupe, and lemongrass—take the soda options way beyond orange, cherry, and grape; and natural sugars like agave and honey are prominently featured in a bunch of recipes, making this a sweet option for soda lovers who stopped eating cane sugar. As Andrea says, “The magic is in the creativity. Traditionally, there’s no anything like a hibiscus soda on the market. But why not? Make a syrup from it, then add to seltzer, and voila. It’s so much more versatile than I ever thought it could be.”

artisan soda workshopAnd there’s a recipe for whatever time constraints you’re faced with, whether you need an instant hit of flavor or are planning a special signature cocktail for next weekend’s dinner party. Quick-simmered syrups like the autumnal honey, concord grape, and pear syrup come together in minutes, fruity infusions like the unusually refreshing sea salt-lime syrup steep while you sleep, and—my personal favorite—tart and bracing vinegar-infused shrubs like persimmon-black pepper build flavor slowly. And yes, she’s got homemade versions of classic soda brands like Fresca, Cherry Coke, and a quick faux fix for Dr. Pepper. (This is why we’re friends, obviously.)

Even if you don’t own a Sodastream, you can most definitely mix the syrups you make from The Artisan Soda Workshop with bottled sparkling water. They’re most definitely as refreshing with San Pellegrino or Polar seltzer as they are with home-carbonated water, though if you kick that last can of seltzer at 10:00 pm after an impromptu homemade syrup cocktail hour, I’m not the one making a convenience store run to bring you some more—you’re on your own there. In fact, if you’ve got a saucepan, a spatula, and a strainer, you’re in good shape to make nearly any recipe in the book. They’re that easy and that worthwhile.

grape soda
Try out Andrea’s—dare I say it?—life-changing recipe for sea salt-lime syrup below, and enter the giveaway to get the other 69 recipes in the book.

**UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to Barbara, commenter #28, for winning the book!**

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