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Old Fashioned Homemade Soda Party DIY

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Here is a super fun idea for a party that I cannot wait to throw! We’ve been messing around with our new SodaStream from Best Buy (it allows you to make soda on the spot!) I asked my friend Andrea to help me come up with some natural flavors for a party and she came up with four amazing recipes. We made blackberry-pineapple soda with coconut sorbet, chocolate soda with coffee ice cream, clementine soda with vanilla ice cream, and ginger-lemon soda with green tea ice cream. We could barely make it through the photo shoot without drinking all the props! Having a SodaStream for this party is perfect, because you’ll have an unlimited supply of soda water. My favorite model is the Source Home Soda Maker. It’s an appliance I wouldn’t mind having on our kitchen counter – it’s so beautiful! Have you ever made homemade soda?

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Click through for instructions and recipes…

Clementine Vanilla Floats
Clementine Syrup
  • juice and pulp of 16 clementines (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • zest of 6 clementines
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
For Assembly
  • carbonated water
  • vanilla ice cream
Combine all syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmering and simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out pulp and zest.
Follow your SodaStream‘s directions to make 3 liters of chilled carbonated water. Combine 1 part clementine syrup to 3 parts carbonated water, or to taste. For floats, serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator. Good for about 2-3 liters of soda.
Blackberry Pineapple Coconut Floats
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon

For Assembly

  • carbonated water
  • coconut ice cream or sorbet
Combine all syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan. Mash up pineapple and blackberries a bit with a potato masher. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmering and simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring and mashing occasionally. Test for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out any chunks of fruit and zest.
Follow your SodaStream‘s directions to make 3 liters of chilled carbonated water. Combine 1 part blackberry pineapple syrup to 3 parts carbonated water, or to taste. For floats, serve with scoops of coconut ice cream or sorbet. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator. Good for about 2-3 liters of soda.
Ginger Lemon Green Tea Floats

Ginger Lemon Syrup
  • 1/2 cup finely minced ginger (fresh bottled is fine)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
For Assembly
  • carbonated water
  • green tea ice cream
Combine all syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmering and simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out any ginger pieces and zest.
Follow your SodaStream‘s directions to make 3 liters of chilled carbonated water. Combine 1 part ginger lemon syrup to 3 parts carbonated water, or to taste. For floats, serve with scoops of green tea ice cream. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator. Good for about 2-3 liters of soda.
Chocolate Coffee Floats
  • chocolate syrup (such as Hershey’s or U-Bet)
  • carbonated water
  • coffee ice cream
Follow your SodaStream‘s directions to make 3 liters of chilled carbonated water. Combine 1 part chocolate syrup to 3 parts carbonated water, or to taste. For floats, serve with scoops of coffee ice cream.

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Photography by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Food by Andrea Pimental
Produced by Alison Piepmeyer
Styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. Tarod

    September 16, 2013

    What’s a nice tool for parties!!

  2. Rhonda

    September 16, 2013

    Shut up. This is the coolest gadget ever!!! Soda party, stat!

    Rhonda
    http://www.theskinnyarm.com

  3. rhiannon

    September 16, 2013

  4. Desiree

    September 16, 2013

    How FUN. I love floats. Perfect party idea for using fun straws too!

  5. Michelle

    September 16, 2013

    I’ve had a soda stream for a few years now and it’s fabulous but I only drink straight soda water because its healthier and the store bought syrups aren’t that nice. These look wonderful though. With summer arriving in Australia soon I can’t wait to try a recipe!

  6. Michelle @ Full Belly, Worn Soles

    September 16, 2013

    A friend of mine has a soda stream and she always makes the best concoctions. I love that little gif. You make it look so easy!

    http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

  7. Ruzu

    September 16, 2013

    OMG every soda looks yummy, and the idea is very fun
    thanks for the inspiration

    xo

  8. YoungMild&Free

    September 16, 2013

    What a great idea! I will definitely have to try this at an upcoming party!

    xx
    youngmildandfree.wordpress.com

  9. giulia

    September 16, 2013

    oh my! it is so beautiful!!! best kind of party appliance, for sure:)

  10. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    September 16, 2013

    Gosh, what a cute and festive idea!

  11. Corner Story

    September 17, 2013

    Prettiest glasses of soda ever.

  12. meg

    September 17, 2013

    I always wanted to go to an old fashion soda shop! What a great party idea!

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

  13. Sharon Garofalow

    September 17, 2013

    What a gorgeous post! I am totally putting the Soda Stream on my holiday wish list! There are so many rad things you can make with it!! Since I don’t drink traditional sodas, I crave the fresh fruit flavors you can add. And my kids geek out about it too. The perfect family present!

  14. lyndsay // coco cake land

    September 17, 2013

    cutest glasses of soda probably ever on the history of the internet. also the flavours sound so yummy! i’ll take the chocolate soda with coffee ice cream, please! the bubbly soda gif at the end looks like stop motion animation – altogether adorable.

  15. Sahra

    September 19, 2013

    sooo so cute! Your GIFs are amazing!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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