Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Seasonal Sodas

“I should have brought my inhaler! But I usually forget when I go outside because I hardly every do!”- Passer by

“You need to get more sun! When was the last time you got out?” “I took the trash to the curb a few days ago…of course that was at night though.”- People behind me in line.

Blackberry Soda

I am constantly amazed when I ask people what they do for fun and they reply “Play X-Box” or “watch TV.” Don’t get me wrong, I spend my fare share of time in front of a computer (hence the blog), and I love watching It’s Always Sunny in Phillidelphia or a fight scene from Big Trouble in Little China as much as the next guy, but it worries me how normalized it has become for people to freely admit they don’t like being outdoors.

Well, “to each their own,” but for me, and I believe for many of you as well, there is no greater light than the sun, no greater AC then a cool breeze, and no better view then the vastness of the sea or mountains stretching to the horizon!

Today’s post is on a simple concoction you can make on a hot summer day with your friends or family from nothing more than the seasonal fruits you find while out and about in the beautiful serenity we call the wilds of California.

All you have to do is locate a ripe berry bush, wild plum, apricot, etc. Pick the fruit and cook it down with sugar and a little water as you might for a jam or jelly. Then strain the solids and retain the fruit infused simple syrup.
Apricot Soda

Mix this with seltzer or club soda and add some ice.

For a thirst quencher, you can squeeze a little citrus into it as well.

Wild Rose Hip and Elderberry Soda
That’s all it takes to make your own seasonal sodas!

Give it a try!

Let me know how it goes!                         

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And always strive to keep the old ways alive!


  1. Being indoors all the time is one of those ruts that's hard to climb out of. We got into keeping chickens, and from there it was like the thaw of spring. We've been gradually shedding off the tv-bound life, and the pounds with it. I love your blog, and I only wish you'd post more often.

    1. Curt,
      Thanks for the kind words!
      I would love to get some chickens one day!