Are you addicted to soda? If you’re like most of my friends, the answer is a reluctant yes. It’s astonishing how many of us are addicted to these sweet, bubbly drinks. Who wouldn’t want to sip them all day? An ice cold soda on a hot day is pretty close to taste perfection, but unfortunately it’s not very nourishing for the body. As you probably know, sodas today generally consist of High Fructose Corn Syrup, carbonated water, caffeine, and flavorings.
If you want to kick your soda habit, I recommend drinking water first when you’re thirsty. Then, replace your first soda of the day with a drink like the one below or kombucha. Remember, slow changes make the difference. You can do it!
You can use frozen and thawed berries if you can’t find fresh ones.
2 cups raspberries
2 cups strawberries
1 lemon, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 vanilla bean (split, seeds scraped, pod reserved; or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
1/4 cup honey
4 cups seltzer
Place raspberries, strawberries, lemon, vanilla bean, and honey in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cook until berries have released most of their juices, about 12 minutes.
Strain mixture through a fine sieve, pressing gently with the back of a spoon. Discard the solids. Cool completely. Mixture will keep for one week in the refrigerator.
To serve: Pour 1/4 cup syrup into 4 ice-filled glasses. Top each with 1 cup seltzer. Serve with lemon wedges.
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