December 07, 2004

damn, why didn't I think of that?

As soon as this is typed, I am getting up from the chair to make one of these.


Italian (-American) Soda
  • sugar, 1-2 T
  • flavor, e.g., vanilla extract, 1 t
  • water, flat, ca. 1 oz
  • water, fizzy, ca. 11 oz

Add sugar to your favorite glass. Add about an ounce of tap water and swirl to dissolve the sugar. Add the flavor extract to the sugar solution. Then, fill with cold fizzy water. I like mine without ice.

I usually don't care about health or diet, but this drink is quite a bit lighter than a typical soft drink. For instance, when Coke finally oozes out of the can, it has a sugar content around 10% by weight. This version is about 3%.

Posted by foodnerd at December 7, 2004 12:26 PM

That sounds good. How about the Vietnamese Soda Chan (sp?) It's pretty much the same idea: mix some sugar (confectioner's is best, because it dissolves easiest) with lime juice, and add club soda and ice. Instant fizzy limeade. I've done it with grapefruit juice too.

Ooh. I may have to experiment with choclate later.

Posted by: Robert at December 7, 2004 03:43 PM

yep -- i actually do this with all kinds of things, like OJ, cranberry juice, black currant (so good, and extra good w/ vanilla seltzer), lemon & lime juice. It's the non-fruity things that somehow I couldn't figure out. Chocolate syrup, i assume you mean? A wee bit of that in the glass with seltzer would be awesome, I bet. Hmm. I wonder if it works with maple syrup? heh.

Posted by: foodnerd at December 8, 2004 12:45 PM

I think Coke beat us both to it. They call they're crappy concoction "M2" or something. About half the sugar. We should be getting royalties from them.

Posted by: dave at December 12, 2004 01:31 PM

for the record, it works great with maple syrup. Chocolate syrup is a little weird, but still good, though it may just be that I have crappy old chocosyrup in my fridge, and it would be better with correspondingly better syrup. I'm going to try maple-vanilla next, because I have been seriously into maple-vanilla Stonyfield Farms yogurt lately. Mmmm. Ooh, and I bet a Frangelico spritzer would rock. The mind boggles.

Posted by: foodnerd at December 13, 2004 10:53 AM

That seems great! I like it. And I prefer salt bread. is a mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, potato, spices and wee crunchy noodles, served in the same fashion. Holy mackerel, these sammies are good! And I like these materials.

Posted by: China Wholesale at September 16, 2009 05:46 AM
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