Kick the Soda Habit
Thursday, April 30, 2020
— Updated December 23, 2020
Like lots of other people, I enjoy soda. There’s nothing like the crisp carbonation or unmistakable can crack and first sip. “Ahhhh,” you’re thinking. Ahhhh, indeed. But when it got to the point where I was rarely found without a soda can or bottle or glass in my hand, I decided it was time to reign in the habit. As a diet soda aficionado, I was also concerned about what, exactly, I was drinking and what the long-term effects might be. So I decided to make a switch and believe it or not, it wasn’t very difficult to do.
If you’re not familiar with Positively Tea’s lineup of organic teas, you're missing a lot. About 70 different kinds of a lot. I had recently purchased a pound of Coco Berry Mango, which, in addition to making a delicious hot tea, also makes a gorgeous iced tea. What if, I asked myself, I used my Coco Berry Mango to make soda?
My spouse and I had purchased a home carbonation machine so I had easy, inexpensive access to some fizzy water (though at less than a dollar per liter, buying seltzer at the store is still cheap). I made one liter of strong tea (about 4 tbsp. of loose tea) using a brew basket and mixed in a spoonful of Stevia Tea for some added sweetness. Once that cooled, I divided it equally into two 1-liter bottles that I then topped off with half a liter each of sparkling water. Caps on the bottles and into the fridge until cold! You wouldn’t believe how good it tastes! Fruity and refreshing with just enough sweetness - and no chemicals, no sugar, no caffeine, and absolutely no guilt!