Phew! Almost forgot about this month’s Recipe Redux. I even thought to myself yesterday “Ohh, have to remember to post that!” and then bam. Immediately forgot the date. Does that happen to anyone else? You feel like you have so much more time left in the month, and then it’s practically over. To add to my sense of “wtf is wrong with my brain”, I just realized that I was thinking it was a day later than I actually is, so I’m writing this the night before as usual. Whyyyyyy can’t I get something as basic as days right?
One thing I got right? This syrup. I bought a fancy, shmancy water carbonator, pretty much only because I could. I don’t buy or drink a lot of soda, but it’s nice to have carbonated soda on demand and it pays for itself pretty quickly even if you just semi-often buy a bottle of soda water occasionally for making vodka sodas or making amazing fizzy lemon water. Now that I have it though, I want to carbonate all of the things and make every kind of homemade soda imaginable.
If I have one ultimate soda kryptonite, it’s Red Pop. Do you have Faygo where you live? It’s definitely regional and rather unfortunately mostly associated with a certain psycho clown-inspired musical act. Regardless, I looooooves it. Faygo can trick me into buying literally any flavor of soda (including a disgusting diet chocolate cream pie…. twice. TWICE I FELL FOR THIS!!!). Most of Faygo’s creations are amazing, and in a zombie apocalypse, I would take down anyone that stood between me and the precious last bottle of Red Pop. Unfortunately, it’s full of dyes and sugar and all of the
delicious icky things I try to stay clear of, so I set off to make my own version. While this doesn’t have the true taste of “Red” that I love, it’s delightfully strawberry-y, in a oh-this-is-actually-a-real-fruit kind of way.
P.S. Not a fan of soda? You could drizzle this over ice cream or use it to make pink milk (though, it’d require a little heavy handed pouring to overpower a milk taste, I think). Or just dip your fingers in it. I definitely wasn’t doing that in between pictures.
P.P.S. See that adorable beaker mug? Josh got it for me for Christmas. #nerdlife