Create your own sparkling beverages and save money and the environment with your very own soda machine. Turn ordinary water, apple juice, or cocktails into sparkling beverages when you make them with a soda maker. These machines come with a reusable plastic or glass container, helping eliminate bottles and cans in your recycling bin.
Soda Maker Features
Soda machines are great sparkling water makers. They can also make unusual cocktails or beverages. All soda makers allow you to carbonate tap water and add syrups or a powdered drink mix for flavor. Look for the following features when selecting a soda machine:
• Some models can carbonate flavored beverages you already have, including iced tea, lemonade and wine. Make sure to check your model’s instructions.
• Check the power source. Some carbonated drink makers don’t require electricity or batteries. Most soda makers come with special carbonating bottles that fit into the machine. They’re usually made of BPA-free plastic. Some models come with glass bottles.
• Look for a soda machine that allows you to choose your desired level of fizziness.
• To make carbonated beverages while you’re away from home, look for a portable version. These are perfect for mixing homemade drinks at parties, picnics or the office.
Soda Maker Flavors and Accessories
Choose from a range of soda flavors for your home soda maker. Syrup flavors include cola, grape, lemon-lime and root beer drink mix. You can buy a drink mix set to stock up on a variety of tastes. Or look for energy drinks or zero-calorie, sugar-free drink mixes. You can also use snow cone syrups to flavor your carbonated drinks.
Soda makers require CO2 cylinders or cartridges to carbonate your liquid. Most starter kits come with a standard CO2 cartridge, which makes 60 liters of drinks – roughly 32 12-ounce beverages.