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Old 03-28-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Homemade "Zevia" for $1

If you are like me and need a fizzy beverage sometimes, you turn to diet drinks with aspartame. Well I've decided to cut out AS so now I can't have pop.
There is a stevia soda called Zevia but it's $1 a can which can add up.
Here's a little trick. Today at the store I bough a 2 liter bottle of raspberry flavored sparkling water. Just carbonated water and natural flavors. I think it was Canada Dry brand. When I got home I opened the bottle, poured about 1/4 cup out. Then I dissolved 1/2 tsp NuNaturals stevia in it and poured that into the bottle. Invert the bottle a few times, chill, and walla you have 2 liters of great tasting stevia soda for just a dollar.
This really tastes so good and I love it!
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:52 AM   #2
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Voila! Brilliant! I'm going to do this tonight. Good way to satisfy a soda craving!
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:06 PM   #3
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Just wondering why you couldn't add the stevia directly to the bottle without pouring out 1/4 cup. Also, why mix the stevia with water rather than 2 tablespoons (or the whole 1/4 cup) of the carbonated water you removed unless that's the kind of water you mean?
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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Haha Linda idk what i was thinking about the water but I'm not sure the stevia would dissolve in the bottle without having to shake it and lose bubbles.
But either way...It's good.

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GREAT idea! You can have whatever flavor you want that way!
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:38 PM   #6
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Excellent idea!
I've recently been using 1 liter bottles of Seltzer Water (Western Family $0.89, INGREDIENTS: Carbonated Water) with LorAnn flavorings and a little Sucralose powder for 0 cal, 0 fat, 0 sodium, 0 carb, 0 protein Soda substitutes. I find them more satisfying than non carbonated flavored waters and can make them as strong and sweet as I like... ;-)
PS: I have finally found a use for all of those flavorings I purchased several years ago...Cotton Candy or Honey Soda anyone? lol!

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Excellent idea!
I've recently been using 1 liter bottles of Seltzer Water (Western Family $0.89, INGREDIENTS: Carbonated Water) with LorAnn flavorings and a little Sucralose powder for 0 cal, 0 fat, 0 sodium, 0 carb, 0 protein Soda substitutes. I find them more satisfying than non carbonated flavored waters and can make them as strong and sweet as I like... ;-)
PS: I have finally found a use for all of those flavorings I purchased several years ago...Cotton Candy or Honey Soda anyone? lol!
Do the LorAnn oils mix into carbonated water well?
How much does it take to flavor a 2 liter?

I've been thinking on how to flavor soda water at work for the summer but hate to invest in the oils if they don't play well with cold carbonated stuff.
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I have never heard of the LorAnn oils, thanks. I can see where these would work in place of the SF syrups if you didn't need the extra liquid for moisture in things such as shakes etc. Probably a bit cheaper too.
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[COLOR=black]cyberus - I have had no problem with my LorAnn oils mixing in carbonated water, guess you could use SF Koolaid as an alternative… ;-) I mix up my flavored soda at room temperature (as purchased from the store) remove the top, add drops of flavoring and liquid Sucralose (made from powder ;-), replace top and refrigerate.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]The flavored waters I have tried use just a hint of flavor and sweetener. I like mine a bit stronger…to taste...a matter of drops in my 1 liter bottle.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Vicki - You may find LorAnn info from Post #48 of this thread helpful [COLOR=#800080]http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lowcarb-recipe-help-suggestions/35300-liquid-stevia-2.html[/COLOR][/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]“Hi, LorAnn pretty much leaves it up to your taste buds...they recommend a "few drops" in most recipes... ;-)[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]From their site:[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]‘More uses for LorAnn Flavoring Oils[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· If your recipe calls for orange, lemon or lime zest, use a few drops of flavoring instead.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· If you're making homemade jams and jellies, add a bit of LorAnn Flavoring Oil (Strawberry Flavor for strawberry jam, etc.) for a great flavor boost.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· Try a few drops of Raspberry or Peach Flavoring in your iced tea.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· Add a few drops of Orange Flavoring to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· Add 1/2 teaspoon of Pineapple Flavoring to any boxed white cake mix. While still warm, top with a glaze made with powdered sugar, milk and a few drops of Pineapple Flavoring for a delicious tropical treat.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]· Use a few drops in your recipe for homemade beer. Try pumpkin, apricot, raspberry or your favorite flavor!’ [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Many of their flavorings use propylene glycol as a medium...just another name for [COLOR=#016798]glycerine[/COLOR].”[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Hope this helps ;-)[/COLOR]

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Thanks for the link to a previous thread about this topic lowcarbman.
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:13 PM   #11
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If you are like me and need a fizzy beverage sometimes, you turn to diet drinks with aspartame. Well I've decided to cut out AS so now I can't have pop.
romo, just thought I'd add that you can make your own SF soda's with ingredients and supplies from any local home brewing store...I made quite a lot 8 years ago before the beverage companies began making SF stuff. And, there are a number of good cola's without AS. I just purchased Diet Rite Pure Zero Cola at the grocery (sweetened with Splenda and Ace-K), 12 can packs for $4.99 or ~$0.41 per can...really like the stuff...stocking up for fishing season next month...just FYI ;-)

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I just purchased Diet Rite Pure Zero Cola at the grocery (sweetened with Splenda and Ace-K), 12 can packs for $4.99 or ~$0.41 per can...really like the stuff...stocking up for fishing season next month...just FYI ;-)
I can't believe how expensive soda has gotten these days. There's one store nearby where it's over $5.00 for a 12 pack. I refuse to pay more than about $3.00 per 12 pack and I think that's even too much for what you're getting. I suppose that what we're paying for are the cans and not the actual soda.
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If you are like me and need a fizzy beverage sometimes, you turn to diet drinks with aspartame. Well I've decided to cut out AS so now I can't have pop.
There is a stevia soda called Zevia but it's $1 a can which can add up.
Here's a little trick. Today at the store I bough a 2 liter bottle of raspberry flavored sparkling water. Just carbonated water and natural flavors. I think it was Canada Dry brand. When I got home I opened the bottle, poured about 1/4 cup out. Then I dissolved 1/2 tsp NuNaturals stevia in it and poured that into the bottle. Invert the bottle a few times, chill, and walla you have 2 liters of great tasting stevia soda for just a dollar.
This really tastes so good and I love it!
Excellent! I love the sparkling flavored water (but not sweetened) and this sounds even better! Great idea!
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:50 PM   #14
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We have made our own soda since I started low carbing. We used to be able to find a liter bottle of club soda for fifty cents. Now it runs closer to 70 cents. Wal-Mart often has the best price. We stock up when it is on sale.

In addition to stevia, we have added root beer extract (we like Shank's Brand the best), cranberry concentrate, unsweetened kool-aid powder and fresh lemon or lime juice. Some of those choices have more carbs than others but work for me when I am in maintenance or my husband who is thin but trying to eat healthy foods.

We take out some club soda and mix it in a glass then add it back slowly. If we do it in the bottle, it creates its own mini volcano and goes all over the counter.

We have served the root beer to guests and they didn't believe it was sugar-free.
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Bumping for a cool idea. I have a major love for my Pepsi One. . .it's made with sucralose instead of Aspartame. I find I just can't tolerate the Aspartame, plus it's pretty suspect, IMO. This idea opens up a whole new world of "soda" flavors, though.

<sigh> Yet another recipe to add to the list of wonderful things to try!
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Interesting!
I had not heard of the LorAnn Flavoring Oils and just read about them on their site. LOTS of ideas now in my brain! Thank you.

I love that they have honey flavor. Now I can add that to my tea w/o any carbs.
Lots of soda ideas now.
Yeah!
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DaisyHair, I got their Honey flavor and that's what it is - flavor, no sweet - so just be aware of that!
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DaisyHair, I got their Honey flavor and that's what it is - flavor, no sweet - so just be aware of that!
Thank you,
I wonder wouldn't it be good with a little stevia added to it, for tea?
What do you think?
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Thank you,
I wonder wouldn't it be good with a little stevia added to it, for tea?
What do you think?
I've used mine up in baking so I can't test it for you, but it might be worth a try!
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This is kind of an old thread so I hope it's OK to continue it. I'm still new here.

I admit to being psychologically addicted to carbonated beverages. I love the slight burn I get in my throat from the carbonation. I drink non-carbonated diet drinks too (lemonade, iced tea), but they don't satisfy like those "tiny bubbles" do.

Early in my experimentation I tried adding powdered sweeteners to bottled seltzer water, and powdered cinnamon to bottled diet coke. Both resulted in volcanic eruptions where most of the soda was wasted. Even when I added the powdered ingredients VERY slowly, when I was done most of the carbonation was gone from the soda. I came to find that the reason was that carbon dioxide is literally dissolved in the water just like salt and sugar are dissolved, the difference is that ANY particulate material (powdered anything) will cause the CO2 to come out of suspension.

If you are adding any sweetener or flavoring to carbonated soda be sure to use a liquid form to retain as much carbonation as possible.

I am not associated with this company in any way, I just like their flavorings. None of their flavor concentrates contain caffeine, including their cola flavor (which I think tastes great!). I love adding their cherry flavorings to regular diet cola, and adding their cinnamon flavor to cola is simply amazing to my taste buds!

Prairie Moon is the company.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:19 AM   #21
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You might like a Soda Stream soda maker, it's a lot less expensive and the flavors are sweetened with Splenda. I love mine, several others on here also have one............ Ann
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Thanks for the reply Ann! I do have a SodaStream carbonator, and indeed it works well, but it can only carbonate special 1 liter bottles. It is also quite expensive for their CO2 cylinders compared to a regular standard CO2 bottle like you get from a welding supply. I intend on making my own carbonator later this year using such a bottle and will be able to carbonate regular 2 liter bottles directly.

If I calculated everything right I should be able to make my own soda to my own flavor (ever have Butter Rum soda?) and carbonation desires (I like it fizzy with a capital FIZZ) and still save ~30 cents per 2 liter bottle.
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I've had success added a saccharin table to seltzer water. A bit of lemon juice in it makes a nice soda treat.
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