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Beat the heat – enjoy the bubbles without the bottles with SodaStream (giveaway)

SodaStream Source pomegranate fizz with blueberries on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Though it didn’t feel like it for weeks and weeks in Toronto, summer had definitely arrived the week before I left for Paris. So what great timing that my SodaStream Source machine arrived a couple of days before I left, when the temperatures were soaring well into the high 30s˚C.

I don’t drink a lot of soda/ pop but I do drink a lot of fizzy water in the summer so I was looking forward to trying this out for myself – I’ve heard so many good things about SodaStream lately and, of course, the possibilities for what you can make with it (according to what you like to drink) are endless. When I was little, we used to have an old-fashioned soda syphon – a little like this one – and I always felt so sophisticated making my own bubbly water 🙂

The SodaStream machines these days are sleek-looking (though I do kind of like those old-fashioned mesh bottle ones, still!) and super efficient – one  CO2 cylinder delivers between 60 and 130 litres of carbonated drinks. When you’ve used up the cylinder, you can exchange it for a full one either at a local retailer or online.  The SodaStream bottles for use with the machines are re-useable, BPA-free, environmentally friendly and can be used for up to 2 years.  That’s a whole lot less bottles in your recycle bin, right?

SodaStream Surce on eatlivetravelwrite.com

I found the bubble-making process fairly straightforward though I thought the instruction “Add as much carbonation as you wish” was a little confusing. Whilst I understood that there are 3 different levels of carbonation (smaller bubbles to larger ones), there’s no way of knowing just how carbonated it actually is until you taste it. The first time I made it, I WAY over-carbonated and it it overflowed when I removed the bottle from the machine. After a couple of rounds, I worked out what amount of carbonation I liked – so it just required a little bit of trial and error. The bubbles stayed “alive” in my bottle for up to a day – I was impressed with this as sometimes bubbly drinks can go a little flat in the fridge.  When I get back, I’ll be buying a spare bottle so that I can always keep a bottle of cold water in the fridge ready to fizz up.

I tried out the pomegranate flavouring that came with the kit and it was not bad.  A little sweet for my liking and next time I might not add the whole sachet.

SodaStream Source with pomegranate on eatlivetravelwrite.com

This was a nice refreshing drink on a very hot day and with a splash of vodka, became an easy apéritif drink.  To be honest, while I will probably try the other flavours when I get home, I will most likely just use the machine for fizzing water and/or add my own choice of juices, syrups. But the machine itself is worth having just for the ability to fizz water without all that bottle wastage.

SodaStream Source with pomegranate and blueberries on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Win a SodaStream Jet (Canada only)

SodaStream Jet Machine on eatlivetravelwrite.com


That’s right, thanks to SodaStream Canada I have a SodaStream Jet Machine to give away to one lucky Canadian resident reader.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what bubbly beverage you’d make first with your SodaStream.

For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:

Enter to win a SodaStream Jet from @SodaStream_ca and @eatlivtravwrite ! Details here http://bit.ly/15f7y4X

then come back to leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.


Eligibility and contest rules

  • Open to to Canadian residents only.
  • No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all qualified entries on Wednesday, July 10th 2013 after 6pm EST.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Thursday July 11th 2013.

Disclosure: I received a SodaStream Source machine for the purposes of testing/ reviewing. I was not asked to write this post and have not received monetary compensation for doing do. All opinions are 100% my own.


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72 Responses to Beat the heat – enjoy the bubbles without the bottles with SodaStream (giveaway)

  1. Krista July 3, 2013 at 06:45 #

    I love lemon/lime fizzy water, so I think that’s what I’d experiment with first. Although, knowing me I’d probably just make whatever came with the package first. 😉

  2. Krista July 3, 2013 at 06:46 #

    Tweet posted! This is a great contest!

  3. Kris July 3, 2013 at 07:02 #

    I would most likely drink a lot more bubbly water because I love it. But since I juice, it would be also fun to add carbonation to some of the juices I drink and make them feel a little cocktail-esque.

  4. David @ Frenchie and the Yankee July 3, 2013 at 07:21 #

    I love those pictures of the drinks. It looks so delicious!

  5. Lauren July 3, 2013 at 07:44 #

    I’d love to make some fizzy water and flavour it with ginger! That and lemon, of course! Yummy and digestif!

  6. Lauren July 3, 2013 at 07:57 #

    Oh, tweeted too 🙂

  7. Margaret July 3, 2013 at 08:16 #

    Key limes are in the stores now so I’d make a fizzy key lime-onade, maybe tossing in a few Ontario fresh raspberries to make it pretty.

  8. Margaret July 3, 2013 at 08:18 #

    Back here to tell you I tweeted!

  9. Melissa July 3, 2013 at 08:20 #

    I’m way into fizzy cloudy lemonade right now (which I first got hooked on in Paris), so I think that would be my first experiment. But we’re totally obsessed with Vermontucky Lemonades around here, so it would definitely be sweetened with maple syrup and spiked with bourbon.

  10. Jane July 3, 2013 at 08:59 #

    I’d make lemon Italian soda as soon as it came out of the box!

  11. Natasha July 3, 2013 at 09:08 #

    I love oranges, so I’d make fizzy water then add freshly squeezed orange juice to give it some tang. I’d also chop up some pineapple and place it on the glass. It would almost be like I’m on an island!

  12. Jane July 3, 2013 at 09:08 #

    It’s tweeted! (@hungryjaney)

  13. Colleen C July 3, 2013 at 09:09 #

    I would make a soda and lime first! Really exciting because I would get the bubbles without all the salt in soda water!!

  14. Colleen C July 3, 2013 at 09:11 #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/40somethngbride/status/352413987117342724

  15. Natasha July 3, 2013 at 09:24 #

    Just tweeted it!

  16. JJ July 3, 2013 at 10:32 #

    I’d love to make some sode with fresh raspberries!

  17. Chris July 3, 2013 at 13:12 #

    I would make a sparkling water and add some fresh strawberries to infuse the water.

  18. Mark July 3, 2013 at 17:18 #

    root beer…would have to be root beer.
    Now to find a recipe.

  19. Angela Mitchell July 3, 2013 at 18:49 #

    I’d like to try their Sparkling Goodness Lemon Lime.

  20. Alix July 3, 2013 at 19:13 #

    I am a big fan of sparkling water and was always curious about that product. I like your idea of adding a splash of vodka. It’s supposed to be another hot and humid weekend in Ontario and a fizzy cocktail, even just vodka, fizzy water, and lime would make a very refreshing patio drink.

  21. Brenda July 3, 2013 at 19:33 #

    I’d mix the carbonated water with a little lavender syrup 🙂

  22. Marlene July 3, 2013 at 20:58 #

    My first fizzy drink would be simple with a sprit of lemon and lime juice!

  23. Alexa Clark July 3, 2013 at 21:28 #

    I will make a spicy ginger ale with our house ginger syrup made with a kick of chile, then I’ll likely sneak in a little black rum since it is dark and stormy season.

  24. Mary July 3, 2013 at 21:36 #

    My first drink would just be fizzy water with a slice of lime.

  25. Eva July 3, 2013 at 21:44 #

    Tweeted (@evamough) – looks amazing!!

  26. Rhonda July 3, 2013 at 22:22 #

    I’d do a sparkling, fizzy mango juice.

  27. Kate July 3, 2013 at 22:58 #

    Lemonade, gin, carbonation. Need I say more?

  28. Kate P. July 3, 2013 at 23:03 #

    Also tweeted @kateplummer

  29. Geoff July 4, 2013 at 00:25 #

    Your own Schweppervescence

  30. Andrew P July 4, 2013 at 00:29 #

    I’d most likely make Lemon-Lime

  31. Andrew P July 4, 2013 at 00:29 #

    Tweeted – https://twitter.com/apham17/status/352643709709455362

  32. yummychunklet July 4, 2013 at 00:58 #

    Refreshing way to beat the heat!

  33. Darwin July 4, 2013 at 02:02 #

    I would make a bubbly lemonade first.

  34. Cindy July 4, 2013 at 07:20 #

    I’d love to see if it can make a good cola. I remember trying a make your own soda at a friends house in the late 80’s and it was, well…terrible.

    I too, have heard good reviews on this system, and would be interested in trying it out myself!

  35. LJ Stubbs July 4, 2013 at 08:43 #

    I’ make plain carbonated water, then add a squirt of lime. So refreshing!

  36. LJ Stubbs July 4, 2013 at 08:43 #

    I’d make plain carbonated water, then add a squirt of lime. So refreshing!

  37. Erica July 4, 2013 at 11:33 #

    I’d make some fizzy water for Italian sodas – I have some Torani syrups at home that would work beautifully. After that, who knows? Experimenting is half the fun.

  38. chris July 4, 2013 at 15:43 #

    Fizzy elderflower.

  39. Jonnie July 4, 2013 at 16:18 #

    I would like to try a fizzy lemonade

  40. Krisha July 4, 2013 at 17:41 #

    I love the grapefruit pop, Ting, so I would try making a grapefruit flavour.

  41. Emilie July 5, 2013 at 04:33 #

    There are endless possibilities with this machine, but my first creation would be a bottle of sparkling ginger peach juice!

  42. Emilie July 5, 2013 at 04:35 #

    Just posted the tweet! 🙂

  43. Melissa July 5, 2013 at 08:43 #

    My dude has been searching for Ting for years (it’s not available anywhere in Canada, that we can find) so I’d be making him a grapefruit soda for sure!

    • Krisha July 12, 2013 at 16:29 #


      Some No Frills/Fresh stores carry Ting.

  44. fiona smith July 5, 2013 at 09:15 #

    one drink I won’t be making with my new soda stream is gin and appleade!! tried this when I was 16 when the first soda steam machines came out. the only mixer we had was the “sodastream appleade”. Not a pleasant combination…… still can’t drink gin to this day!! So my idea for a hot sunny day is something with grapefruit, bubbles and lots of ice (maybe some vodka thrown in for those over 19!)

  45. MadeWithPink July 5, 2013 at 18:04 #

    I’ve been looking at these soda Streams for ages now, but trying to figure out if they’re worth having or if they’re just another “thing” that would take up space on my counter. This post is swaying me though! I think I’d make a lemon blueberry fizz since I’m really craving a slice of lemon blueberry cake right now.

    By the way, I’m a Canadian living in London, but if I won I’d like to give the soda stream to my parents because they’re always buying loads of unhealthy diet sodas and I’d hope they’d use this instead!

  46. Lisa KH July 5, 2013 at 22:56 #

    The first bubbly bevie I’d make is a fizzy apple/pineapple/banana drink. I “discovered” that juice combo a few months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since. It would be great to add some bubbles to it!

  47. Lisa KH July 5, 2013 at 22:57 #

    I tweeted:

  48. Heidi C. July 5, 2013 at 23:06 #

    I would love to make a fizzy pink lemonade! I have been wanting to get a SodaStream. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  49. Heidi C. July 5, 2013 at 23:06 #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/hmrcarlson/status/353348783498735616.

  50. MissT July 6, 2013 at 03:31 #

    I would make Cola sugar free

  51. MissT July 6, 2013 at 03:32 #


  52. Amy C July 6, 2013 at 03:38 #

    My first bubbly beverage would be cola.

  53. Tracey July 6, 2013 at 10:18 #

    I would first make lemon soda with my SodaStream.

  54. Tracey July 6, 2013 at 10:18 #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/yyz_talk/status/353518325713743873

  55. Jody July 6, 2013 at 10:45 #

    I would make grapefruit soda.

  56. Ilan July 9, 2013 at 19:01 #

    Carbonated iced tea!

  57. Ilan July 9, 2013 at 19:02 #


  58. Rowena July 10, 2013 at 07:15 #

    Sparkling moroccan mint ice tea

  59. Rowena July 10, 2013 at 07:16 #


  60. Jenny @ The Brunette Baker July 10, 2013 at 07:45 #

    I would do a blackberry lime soda – a favourite of mine. What a fabulous giveaway Mardi! Xo

  61. Tobin July 10, 2013 at 10:07 #

    Ribena + bubbly water!!!!!!! 🙂

  62. Jeff July 10, 2013 at 12:47 #

    definitely a fizzy lemonade!

  63. Ugogurl July 10, 2013 at 14:03 #

    Fresh Meyer lemons would be squeezed into mine. Also tweeted…

  64. Ugogurl July 10, 2013 at 14:04 #

    Fresh Meyer lemons would be squeezed into mine…also tweeted contest.

  65. angela m July 10, 2013 at 15:03 #

    I would make orange soda first

  66. angela m July 10, 2013 at 15:04 #


  67. Mr. Neil July 10, 2013 at 18:47 #

    Okay, as the contest closes, a bubble update:

    Mardi made a bottle of water, and left it in the fridge, the day she left for Paris. I left it there, just opening today. That’s right, a full fortnight.

    Well I can report the carbonation is alive and well!

    For me, I find this a bit coarse. If you like big soda-can bubbles, great. If you prefer something more refined…well Mardi says the machine does it, but I’m not so sure just yet.

    The concept is excellent, though: one of our major environmental scourges is all the people buying “regular” bottled water. Apart from the luxury brands, all the major offering are public utility tap water, maybe with an extra filter, and just bottled into plastic. So if you like your bubbles, this is a nifty way to do that and not feel guilty.

  68. Maggie July 15, 2013 at 14:11 #

    I would like to try a ginger fizzy drink!

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