If there is one thing the various healthy living camps can agree on, it’s that high-fructose corn syrup laden sodas are bad for you. It’s not just the high-fructose corn syrup, though. Even “naturally” sweetened sodas are incredibly high in sugar and therefore more of a celebratory drink than an every day beverage.
What many people don’t realize is that sodas have health-minded roots. Many of the tonics that modern day sodas are based on were rich in herbs, barks, roots, and even cultures. These would have most likely contained a sweetener of some sort, but more for the fuel of fermentation than a sickly sweet aftertaste.
Anyway, there are many ways to achieve that fizzy, fruity, slightly sweet, wonderfully delicious tonic of yesteryear. Some don’t even require a mother culture that needs tending, which is what I’ve been dabbling in lately.