Homemade soda is so fun and so easy to make. Let me show you how to make this delicious and fruity Strawberry Soda that is great to enjoy any time of the year, but especially during strawberry season and the summer when you're looking for something cool and refreshing.
Growing up we only got soda a few times a year - 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any other time we had a family BBQ at the park. We still couldn't have soda until we ate, but we often were able to have 2 or 3 cans.
And there was nothing like strawberry and grape soda, which were fixtures at every family gathering. Somehow, the bright color made it taste even better and despite the fact that there was probably no natural fruit in the soda it tasted fruity to us.
This homemade strawberry soda was inspired by those childhood memories of summer fun and summer drinks. I absolutely love strawberries, so being able to recreate one of my favorite childhood memories with just a few simple ingredients has been so much fun. Using strawberries to make a strawberry simple syrup gives this soda an intense and fruity strawberry flavor that you'll absolutely enjoy.
And if you love making homemade sodas, then try my homemade lemon soda. It's as equally delicious and easy to make.
Ingredients You'll Need for Strawberry Soda
Here is what you’ll need for this refreshing and fruity drink:
- Strawberry Simple Syrup: Use this recipe for making your own strawberry simple syrup. It lasts in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and freezes well so you always have some on hand. The strawberry syrup is made with fresh strawberrys and sugar
- Club Soda or Seltzer: Use your favorite brand of club soda or seltzer to add a sparkling and refreshing fizz to this homemade soda. If you have time, place the cans or the bottles in the refrigerator the day before.
- Ice Cubes: Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand. The ice cubes can be small or large.
- Sliced Strawberries: Strawberry slices are a nice garnish for this drink as they sit in the drink they add even more strawberry flavor. Depending on their size either cut them in half or cut a strawberry into 3 or 4 slices.
Full ingredients, measurements, and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to Make Homemade Strawberry Soda
For this strawberry soda recipe I liked a 2:1 ratio of club soda to strawberry syrup. Which means for every cup of club soda or sparkling water there is 1/2 cup of strawberry syrup. For me it had the perfect amount of sweetness and refreshing flavor. Adjust the final ratio to your tastes.
For Individual Drinks. Pour 1/4 cup of the strawberry syrup in the glass. Add a few sliced strawberries to the glass, then pour in 1/2 cup of sparkling water or club soda. Add the ice and serve.
For a Large Glass Pitcher. Add several strawberry slices (about 8) to the pitcher. Add the entire recipe of strawberry simple syrup. Then pour in 4 cups (32-ounces) of club soda or seltzer into the picture. Stir the mixture together. Don’t add ice to the container as that will dilute the soda. Add the ice to the individual glasses.
If you're making this soda picnic in the park place the strawberry simple syrup in a jar with screw top and store in a chest with ice to keep it cold. Mix the syrup and the club soda together right before serving.
How to Store The Strawberry Soda
Strawberry soda does not store well and should be consumed within a few hours of adding the club soda. The club soda eventually goes flat. If making a large pitcher to be consumed the same day, keep it in the refrigerator until consumed.
What is the Difference Between Club Soda and Seltzer and Sparkling Water
Club soda and seltzer are both carbonated with carbon dioxide, but unlike seltzer, club soda has the addition of potassium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate in the water which gives it a slightly saltier taste than seltzer.
Sparkling water often sold as sparking mineral water is water that is naturally carbonated. It contains calcium, sodium, and magnesium and the taste can vary from brand to brand based on the minerals in the water.
If you don’t have a favorite sparkling water I recommend using seltzer water to make this strawberry soda. I like using club soda because I find the slightly salty taste refreshing with the fruity strawberry.
There are many different ways to make this soda your own or get creative with the flavor combinations. Here are a few suggestions:
- Use flavored sparkling water, or flavored seltzer, like lemon seltzer to easily add another flavor to the strawberry soda.
- Add a combination of ginger beer and club soda for a gingery and slightly spicy strawberry soda.
- Substitute raspberry simple syrup for the strawberry simple syrup for fresh raspberry soda.
Recipe - Frequently Asked Questions
Strawberry soda can have caffeine if you use caffeinated sparkling water.
Yes, you can easily double or triple the amount of the ingredients for this recipe starting with the strawberry simple syrup.
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Homemade Strawberry Soda
- 1/4 cup strawberry simple syrup
- 1/2 cup club soda or sparkling water
- 1 cup ice cubes crushed ice or small ice cubes
- 6 strawberry slices sliced into coins
- These are the instructions for how to make a single drink in a 12-ounce glass.
- Pour 1/4 of strawberry simple syrup into the glass. Feel free to add more depending on sweet you want your soda.
- Add the ice to the glass, then add the sliced strawberries. Slowly pour the club soda sparkling water over the ice. Add more sliced strawberries on top.