Bar Therapy / DIY / Foodie Alert

Carbonate Me

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You’ve probably seen the Soda Stream in a store near you and wondered why on earth would someone make their own soda?  Is it really that cost effective?  How silly?

Well I’m giving you a few good reasons to take the time and invest in your own home beverage carbonation system. Fizzy cocktails have been on the rise for a few years now and with the at home machines not only more affordable but having worked out all the kinks, the trend is projected to see full bloom in Spring 2014.  So here’s to getting ahead of the trends and check below for a few recipes to get you started.

~Japanese Link

2 ounces Tanqueray Ten Gin
2/3 ounce St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/3 ounce fresh white grapefruit juice

Combine Tanqueray Ten, St-Germain and white grapefruit juice in the carbonating system. Close the shaker, pressurize and shake vigorously for 6–8 seconds. Let rest for 20 seconds before decanting into Champagne glass.

~Pear Amaretto Fizz

4 ounces Amaretto
12 ounces pear juice
8 ounces apple juice
1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine all ingredients in your machine and carbonate. Wait 1 minute before release. Serve in a coupe glass over ice. Serves 4.

~The Carbonated Negroni

1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce Campari
Orange twist, for garnish

Combine the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari in a cocktail shaker and stir. Strain into the carbonator to carbonate, then pour into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.

~Cointreau Rickey (makes 5 drinks)

7.5 oz. Cointreau

3.75 oz. fresh lime juice, strained

20 oz. cold water, filtered

Prepare batch in a large container and funnel into a siphon. Charge with CO2 and keep on ice or in a refrigerator. Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wheel

~Corpse Reviver CO2 (makes 6-7 drinks)

6.5 oz. Cointreau

6.5 oz. London Dry Gin

6.5 oz. Lillet Blanc

6.5 oz. fresh lemon juice, strained

6.5 oz. cold water, filtered

Prepare batch in a large container and funnel into a siphon. Charge with CO2 and keep on ice or in a refrigerator. Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a dash of Absinthe and a lemon wheel

~Carbonated Margarita (makes 6-7 drinks)

6.5 oz. Cointreau

13 oz. Blanco Tequila

6.5 oz. fresh lime juice, strained

6.5 oz. cold water, filtered

Prepare batch in a large container and funnel into a siphon. Charge with CO2 and keep on ice or in a refrigerator. Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Now this information comes at a perfect time with the holiday party season just kicking off and if you really want to impress I would suggest bottling your own sparkling beverages just to avoid the let down as people wait for you to get your machine going after serving only 5 drinks. I mean, you know how impatient intoxicated people can be.  The best part is not only is it rather simple to do with an affordable initial investment, but the possibilities for customization are endless when it comes to the packaging.  Make your own labels, paint the bottles, dip them in glitter….it doesn’t really matter what but know that when it comes time to recycle your beloved empty bottles, many will have found their way out the door with your guests.

So what exactly is an affordable investment…

The only thing you need after these are fancy straws and your on your way to a festive party.

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