I used to buy a good amount of Izze soda for my family. We all loved the taste of it, and I felt a lot better about us drinking it with our popcorn or Mexican food instead of Coke or Sprite.
Side Note: I feel obligated to add that fruit soda helped me kick a soda addiction, and since I’ve passed on the tip, it has helped a couple of friends. Here’s how to tell if you’re an addict: If you only drink soda occasionally, you’re probably okay. If need one every afternoon to keep you from napping, you may be an addict. If you were given the option of hooking yourself up to Coca Cola intravaneously, and you would choose “yes”, you are definitely an addict.
One day, I was thinking about the ingredients. It’s basically just fruit juice concentrate and sparkling water. I did the math, and came up with this:
So simple, right? I usually have some lime sparkling water on hand, just ’cause I like to drink it, and I happened to have some frozen juice concentrate in my freezer, so the experimenting began!
The lime sparkling water tasted good with orange, lemon, and cranberry juice concentrates, but not so much with apple or grape. The kids loved it all.
Since my first experiment, I’ve used seltzer water and plain sparkling water. All work great.
Here’s the basic recipe (at the basic ratio, it’s only about 60 calories!):
2 Tb fruit juice concentrate
8 oz sparkling water or seltzer
Stir. Taste. Add more concentrate to make it sweeter or more sparkling water if it’s too sweet. When it’s to your liking, add ice. Enjoy.
Our household favorite is the organic lemonade concentrate, but others include apple, cran-apple, orange-pineapple, cherry, and cherry-lime.
I’m not gonna lie, we still buy Izze. It’s good stuff, but its price makes it more of a special treat. My cheap, homemade version is just as refreshing, fun to experiment with, and won’t break the bank.
Let me know if you try it out!