|(retailed $5.99, 500 mL, makes 50 servings, not bad for diet RB)|
|(retails $5.99, 440 mL, makes 29 servings, tastes like butt)|
You will need:
- an old-style 500 mL SodaStream soda mix container with cap, emptied and cleaned
- Crystal Light (or similar store brand) diet drink mix (get the envelopes that make 2 quarts)
- a working SodaStream machine
You use this just like a standard SodaStream mix: carbonate a liter of water, pour out a capful of homemade mix, and (DO THIS OVER THE SINK, PLEASE!) slowly and gradually pour the mix into the carbonated water. The first time I tried this, it dramatically overflowed and I made a mess on the counter. I think the citric acid causes the reaction, but I might be wrong. Anyway, over the sink, and slowly!
Threw out all your old-style soda mix containers, and can't find another one? Fret not. All you need is a watertight glass or food-safe plastic jar with a lid, as long as it holds about a pint of liquid, and one of those mini-angled measuring cups you can pick up at any kitchen store.
|OXO sells a nice one. And no, they're not paying me for this Shameless Plug.|
Crystal Light and various store brands have all sorts of fruit-flavored mixes available. You can whip them up as-is, or mix and match combinations. The carbonated water seems to take the super-sweet edge off a lot of artificial sweeteners, as does the citric acid. Inexpensive, tasty, refreshing, and (if this is a concern) it won't raise your blood sugars.
Now go forth