Sugary Drinks You Can Make At Home

Sugary Drinks You Can Make At Home
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Sugary Drinks You Can Make At Home

Ginger-Lemongrass Soda

F&W's Grace Parisi makes this soda with iSi's new Twist 'n Sparkle soda maker, which carbonates beverages in less than 30 seconds. $50;

Click here for the recipe: Ginger-Lemongrass Soda

Light Ice Cream Soda

Add a special drink to any meal and it becomes a celebration.

Click here for the recipe: Light Ice Cream Soda

Strawberry Coolers

A batch of this good-for-you refresher turns a lazy summer afternoon into a party, with appeal for thirsty kids of all ages.

Click here for the recipe: Strawberry Coolers

Crème Brûlée Soda

Imagine the flavors of a crème brûlée — toasted caramel, slight bitterness, and a touch of sweetness, washed with a lush flood of cream and the innocent scent of vanilla.

Recipe from Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss/Storey Publishing, 2011. Click here for the recipe: Crème Brûlée Soda

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

This bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine and deep-red pomegranate juice.

Click here for the recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Raspberry Limeade

Pressing the raspberries through a fine-mesh sieve will get every drop of juice into this refreshing limeade while leaving those pesky seeds behind. If you want to make it ahead, don’t add the seltzer until the last minute.

Click here for the recipe: Raspberry Limeade

Watermelon Agua Fresca

This refreshing drink is served by roadside vendors all over Mexico. Not too much fruit, not too much sugar, just a beautiful way to quench your thirst on a summer day.

Click here for the recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca

Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

This ginger punch is flavored with lemon juice and sweetened with honey and molasses for a refreshing drink that quenches even the fiercest summer thirst.

Click here for the recipe: Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

Watermelon Slush

This incredibly refreshing icy dessert is made without using an ice cream maker.

Click here for the recipe: Watermelon Slush

Greek Iced Coffee

This frothy delight is a great summer treat when the summer heat makes hot coffee less appealing.

Click here for the recipe: Greek Iced Coffee

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical getaway with this refreshing cocktail. To keep it cool, freeze fresh berries for 30 minutes before blending. For a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum and add 1/2 cup additional strawberries.

Click here for the recipe: Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

Coconut Horchata

With the addition of rum, this drink can transition perfectly from day to night.

Click here for the recipe: Coconut Horchata

Wake-Up Smoothie

With a stash of berries in your freezer, you can jump-start your day with this nutritious, tasty smoothie in just minutes. It provides vitamin C, fiber, potassium and soy protein.

Click here for the recipe: Wake-Up Smoothie

Chai Cider

This cider not only tastes great, but it also creates a warm spiced-apple perfume that will permeate your entire house.

Click here for the recipe: Chai Cider


New York City will never taste so sweet again ... literally. Say goodbye to super-sized sodas and other sugary drinks you love. As of Thursday, New York City health officials are expected to put a 16-ounce limit on any sugary drinks being sold at restaurants, theaters and delis.

Mayor Bloomberg originally proposed the regulation, which a panel of health experts approved after months of review. The ban includes non-diet sodas, sweetened teas and other beverages. However, the ban does not reach supermarkets or convenience stores.

Don't panic. If you love sugar as much as we do, we have good news: Health officials can't regulate what you drink in the comfort of your own home, and we have plenty of homemade sugary drink options for you!

Check out the slideshow above to find recipes for homemade sugary drinks.

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