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by Caitlin Saniga

Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne

Waylaid with a nasty sore throat and stuffy sinuses? This drink is dynamite. Pineapple is the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme used to treat inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. Pineapple core is especially rich in the protein, so be sure to include chunks from this section in your mixture. The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne is the perfect scratch for an itchy throat. And the lemon is the perfect zing for awakening and soothing sinuses. Drink a glass of the pineapple mixture straight, or add club soda for a less potent sipper.

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by Sarah Steimer

Matcha-ginger soda with lemon

It’s the perfect soda for the Lunar New Year! Matcha green tea powder is a finely milled tea that has great antioxidant properties. Paired with the ginger, this combination makes for one sparkly, Asian-inspired drink.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Minted rose soda

I find inspiration for recipes in the weirdest places. Minted rose soda is inspired by a lip balm I use all the time.

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by Sarah Steimer

Blood orange soda with rosemary simple syrup

I didn’t really know what to expect when I put this drink together. I love rosemary, but it can be absolutely overwhelming. And how would it stand up to citrus. Turned out: Pretty damn well. The rosemary simple syrup was an afterthought both as you smell the soda and sip it. The rosemary really adds a floral note to the soda, and actually boosts how refreshing this drink is.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cinnamon-habanero soda

I got the idea to call this recipe dynamite soda because it’s fiery and a totally genius combination. Perfect, catchy name, right? Too perfect. I had just finished the simple syrup on the stove and given it one last taste test when I began to pour it into a cute little jar I’d been saving. I closed my eyes and savored the smell, then screwed on the lid. And that’s when the jar shattered. Spicy cinnamon syrup went everywhere, splattering the stove and nearby sink, dripping down the cupboards, splashing on the floors and my shoes. I had to make a second batch, and I certainly waited for it to cool before I transferred it to a different jar, but my socks are still sticking to the floor.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of brown ale. It has warm flavors and mild sweetness, and it's tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

Interestingly, espresso soda reminds me of stout, like Guinness. It has warm, nutty flavors and mild sweetness, and it’s tingly and fizzy in your mouth. Added bonus: It wakes you the heck up.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Blood orange float

The French vanilla ice cream gives this drink a sweet old-timey feel. But raspberry, pineapple or lemon sorbet would be fun to try. And honey adds sweetness to the naturally tart blood orange juice. If you wanted, you could switch the club soda for ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, too.

  • 3 medium blood oranges
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups club soda
  • French vanilla ice cream
It seems to me that the darker the pulp of the blood orange is, the sweeter it is too. Mine were a nice balance of sweet and tart with lots of citrusy flavor.

It seems to me that the darker the pulp of the blood orange is, the sweeter it is too. Mine were a nice balance of sweet and tart with lots of citrusy flavor.

Scrub the peels of the blood oranges, and then slice 4 garnishing wedges from one orange. Set aside.

Juice the rest of the oranges with a fork, press or juicer, then pass the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp.

In a glass container, combine the orange juice and honey and microwave for about 1 minute (or long enough to soften the honey).

Even after running my blood orange juice through the sieve several times, a few flecks of pulp remained. No harm, though!

Even after running my blood orange juice through the sieve several times, a few flecks of pulp remained. No harm, though!

Use a whisk to blend the juice and honey together. Chill the juice for 30 minutes.

Divide the juice among four tall glasses. Then divide the club soda between the glasses. Add a scoop of ice cream to each glass, then garnish with orange wedges. Serve with straws and spoons.

Makes 4.

*We’re taking advantage of the winter citrus season (and healthy New Year’s resolutions) during the month of January. Look for six drink recipes focused on lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges and more. Find all the Fresh-squeezed recipes here.

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