For some of us, soda can be a really difficult addiction to break. The sugar, the flavors, the fizziness…and when we try to stop, water tastes far too plain or the caffeine withdrawal headaches take us right back to our vice. Healthy soda-like drinks can make the detox easier. They taste delicious, they’re fizzy, and they’re healthy enough that you can drink them every day (although some of these recipes are more of an treat). These soda detox recipes are naturally flavored and are either naturally sweet without anything added, for very gently sweetened with a small amount of a natural sweetener, like honey or maple syrup.
1. Sparkling Pomegranate-Lime Soda
Made with pomegranate juice and sparkling seltzer water, this homemade soda-like drink is naturally sweet with no additional sweetener needed! You’ll want to add a bit of fresh pomegranate, some fresh lime juice, and a handful of ice of this refreshing drink.
2. Homemade Strawberry Soda
I am absolutely in love with this simple strawberry and basil-mint soda. All you need is fresh strawberries, basil leaves, mint leaves, a touch of maple syrup, sparkling water, and ice. The maple syrup serves as a minimally-processed, low GI natural sweetener.
3. Raspberry Chamomile Coconut Cream Soda
This is the dessert cream soda of your healthy-eating dreams. You’ll need chamomile tea, frozen raspberries, coconut milk, club soda, ice, and optional booze. The recipe calls for honey to sweeten, but this drink is flavorful enough that you may be able to cut it back.
4. Probiotic Strawberry Soda
This recipe takes some off-time to prepare, but its worth it. If you’ve never made water kefir before, you need to try it! Water kefir is a probiotic beverage that tastes a bit sweet, a bit fermented, and is plenty bubbly. You can flavor it with fruits, like in this strawberry version.
5. Sparkling Green Tea
Tea can make a great healthy drink as an alternative to soda, but if you’re trying to get yourself off the sweet stuff, you may want something a little more soda-like. This sparkling green tea is served iced, made with sparkling water, lemon, and a tiny bit of optional honey to sweeten it.
6. Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha
You’ve probably heard of kombucha, and maybe you’ve even tasted it, but have you ever made it? Making your own kombucha is rewarding because you can control so much about the flavors. Because this drink is slightly fizzy, it’s a great alternative to soda pop.
7. Sugar Free Vanilla Rosemary Soda
This delicious and simple soda has absolutely no sugar—not even natural sugars! The sweetness comes from vanilla stevia drops and the extra herbal flavor from an infusion of fresh rosemary. This soda is delicious, refreshing, and perfectly healthy and hydrating.
8. Homemade Elderberry Kombucha
Once you’ve made your kombucha, you can flavor it with elderberries, ginger, and lavender with a little honey to make a soda-like drink that’s perfect for cold and flu season—all those immune boosting properties, plus the probiotics from the kombucha? Yes please!
9. Grapefruit Lemonade Soda
This spunky lemonade drink is made with fresh grapefruit, sparkling water, and pomegranate seeds. It’s more of a grapefruit-ade with a soda pop twist from the sparkles. This would make an elegant party drink as well as a simple soda replacement for adults and kids!
10. Cherry Vanilla Maple Shrub
Shrubs are drinking vinegars, which can be medicinal for your body! This version is made with sweet cherries, vanilla bean, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and balsamic vinegar. You mix a small amount of this mixture with sparkling water for a delicious drink that tastes like cherry vanilla soda.
11. Tea Soda
Made with mineral and brewed tea (your choice of flavors!) this “soda” is sugar-free and hydrating for your body. You can add chopped fruit and if you feel it needs a bit of sweetening, you can use liquid stevia drops—even flavored ones if you’d like!
12. Mandarin Pom Fizz
This simple soda is a bit fancy and deliciously deliciously sweet without any sweetener besides the fruit juices. You’ll need mandarin juice (or orange juice), pomegranate juice, a sprig of rosemary, pomegranate seeds, and sparkling water or soda water.
13. Homemade Healthy Cream Soda
This is such a cool recipe, you’re going to want to try it right away. It’s sweetened with just a touch of coconut sugar (you can also use honey or maple syrup) and stevia and uses brewer’s yeast, vanilla extract, cream of tartar, and lemon zest. So yummy! The sweetener is to feed the yeast, so this drink isn’t at all sugary.
14. Red Bell Pepper, Lemon, and Basil Soda
Okay, I know this sounds weird. But it’s not weird—its’ actually incredibly delicious and super healthy, with just a little honey syrup to sweeten it. You’ll need red bell pepper juice, lemon juice, basil leaves, seltzer water, and that homemade honey syrup (or agave if you want).
15. Pomegranate Hibiscus Spritzers
Pomegranate seems to be a popular flavor for homemade sodas, but what about with Hibiscus tea? This version combines those two delicious and naturally-sweet flavors with lime juice and club soda for a drink that doesn’t even need a natural sweetener added.
16. Plum Basil Fizz
Muddling is a technique that bruises and slightly mushes fruits and sometimes other ingredients—in this case, fresh basil—to release the juices and flavors. Sometimes, like with this recipe, all you need to do is then add seltzer water and you’ve got a simple sugar-free soda.
17. Homemade Orangina
You know orangina, that delicious and sugary orange soda? This recipe will teach you how to make homemade orangina, which is essentially fermented orange juice. You’ll need oranges, orange extract, sea salt, and liquid whey. No extra sweetened necessary!
18. Simple Grapefruit Soda
This grapefruit soda tastes like my childhood—store-bought grapefruit sodas were my dad’s favorite, and I tend to prefer this yummy version made with agave or a honey-based simple syrup, lemon juice, fresh pink grapefruit, seltzer water, and ice. A pinch of kosher salt helps bring out the flavors.
19. Orange Ginger Hibiscus Kombucha
This recipe is for a simple flavoring agent you can add to already-brewed kombucha for a light and delicious flavor. It would also work for water kefir! All you need is dried orange peel (minced or ground roughly), dried ginger root or fresh ginger, and hibiscus flowers.
20. Flavoring Water Kefir
If you find that yummy and probiotic water kefir is for you, this ultimate guide will explain everything from how to make it to how to flavor it in different ways. You’ll have dozens of homemade soda flavors at your fingertips in just a few days of getting your brew started.
21. Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir
Did you know you can brew water kefir in coconut water? You can! And it gives it a lovely coconut flavor, too. This recipe teaches you how to do it with either fresh or packaged coconut water along with Ceylon cinnamon sticks, which lend a sweetly spicy flavor.
22. Pineapple Ginger Soda
Also made with ginger bug, this pineapple ginger soda is absolutely delicious and has a tropical island feel to it. Not to mention it’s super refreshing, and ginger has powerful healing properties for your body. It’ll boost your immune function and help you fight off illnesses.
23. Apple Ginger Soda
Ever heard of ginger bug? It’s another fermented probiotic concoction you can make in your own kitchen, like kombucha or water kefir. Once you’ve brewed it (there’s a link on the page) you can flavor and sweeten it with apple juice for a yummy apple ginger soda.
24. Homemade Ginger Ale
No, my friends, this is not ginger plus sparkling water. This is the real-deal ginger ale. You need to have patience, but if you’re the kind of person who loves making things from scratch, you’ll have to try it. Check out the kit and ingredients list on this page.
25. Easy Homemade Soda Pop
Here’s a simple and kid-friendly tutorial on making homemade soda. It’s instant and doesn’t require any fermentation or special ingredients—just fresh fruit, mineral water, and natural sweetener of choice—and the recipe is for a single serving, so no math!
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