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?
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.
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.
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