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Child sipping homemade blueberry soda through a straw in backyard,

Simple Syrup for Homemade Soda

A plethora of extracts can be found online.  If you have vanilla extract and heavy cream, you can add a splash of cream to vanilla soda for a cream soda. For orange cream soda, do the same but with an orange-flavored syrup. 

  • Total Time: About 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x



For Fresh Fruit Syrup

  • 1 cup of fresh fruit, blended
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar, coconut sugar, or 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

For Basic Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of granulated or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup of water


For Fruit Syrup

  1. Blend fruit with the lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Strain it through a fine sieve/mesh strainer for a smooth syrup.
  3. Combine the fruit purée and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring it just to a boil. Simmer until it thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. 
  4. Cool completely, spoon into glasses and pour in club soda or sparkling mineral water.

For Basic Simple Syrup

  1. Combine the sugar or honey in a small pot.
  2. Bring the mixture just to a boil, then remove it from the heat.
  3. If you're making a lemon/lime/grapefruit/orange/ginger syrup, add your flavorings and steep for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain out or remove the fresh flavorings and chill the syrup.
  4. If using a concentrated extract such as vanilla or root beer, add 1-2 tablespoons depending on how strong a flavor you'd like. Taste and see is the best method. 


*Honey is about twice as sweet as table sugar. 

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: simple syrup, homemade soda, berry simple syrup, lemon simple syrup, homemade cream soda, gluten free, paleo, GAPS