Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by resolving to kick your store-bought juice or soda habit in the coming year. Try this recipe for a homemade Cardamom Apricot soda to give your taste buds a healthier kick.
Cardamom Apricot Soda
Cardamom is one of the few spices that is equally at home in savory and sweet preparations. Quite pungent, with hints of lemon and ginger, it is completely delicious when teamed with drupe fruits like plums, peaches, and my favorite, apricots. Like other pulpy fruits, apricots are difficult to juice, so bottled nectar is the best source.
CARDAMOM APRICOT SYRUP
- ⅔ cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar, preferably raw cane
- 2 tablespoons crushed cardamom seeds
- 1⅓ cups apricot nectar
ENOUGH FOR 3 SERVINGS
Combine the water, sugar, and cardamom in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain out the cardamom seeds, then stir in the apricot nectar.
The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
TO MIX WITH SELTZER
- ⅔ cup cardamom apricot syrup
- ⅔ cup seltzer
Pour the syrup into a tall glass. Add the seltzer and stir just until blended. Add ice and serve.
TO CARBONATE WITH A SIPHON
- 2 cups water
- 1 batch cardamom apricot syrup
Combine the water and syrup in a 1-quart soda siphon. Charge with CO2 according to the manufacturer’s directions. Siphon-charged sodas can be stored in the siphon in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Disperse as desired into tall glasses filled with ice, and serve.
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