Make Your Own: Sparkling Lemonade
Please note: The iSi Twist’n Sparkle has been recalled due to safety issues. Please check this website for more information.
One of the reasons I love social media is that I am exposed to information that I might not otherwise be aware of. Of course the flip side of that is that if I’m not careful I can find my time sucked away as I follow all the rabbit trails that my friends/contacts share! So I’m very judicious in my online wanderings and only spend time where I have true interest.
Recently, one of my Facebook contacts posted information about a project they were sponsoring on a site called earthbongo. This is a simple community-based site that seeks to improve our world one small project at a time. Members post projects they are working on with steps or information for others to join in. There’s nothing big or glamorous, it’s just a community of people doing little things. This completely supports my view that if we all did a few small things the impact would be much greater than we imagine. So I joined earthbongo and also signed up to complete the project that caught my attention in the first place.
The project is simple. Basically cut down/quit using bottles and reuse more of what you have by making your own bottled water. I already limit my use of flat bottled water to very specific situations. However, I use bottled sparkling water – plain and flavored – at parties as a festive alternative to cocktails or wine, or for myself as an alternative to soft drinks.
I’d been thinking about buying a soda maker for some time but was having a hard time with how space-consuming they all are. Recently I noticed a new entry into the field, the Isi Twist and Sparkle. Two things attracted me to this option: you don’t need a big machine to add the sparkle to the water, it’s all done in one sleek unit; I’ve had an Isi Whipped Cream Dispenser (a gift from great friends!) for some time and love it. So this earthbongo project gave me the kick-in-the-butt I needed to purchase one and get going!
For my first project I made sparkling lemonade. It was easy and successful! I’m on my way to reducing my bottle use (and the expense of purchasing bottled waters).
Next time I make this I’m going to decrease the amount of lemon and simple syrup to make it more of a lemon-flavored water than a lemonade. I have plans for all kinds of fruit concoctions and even more ideas for introducing a little sparkle into cocktails, too.
This recipe is specifically for the Isi Twist and Sparkle. If you are using a different option make sure you read the instructions for your specific unit to ensure success.
Twist and Sparkle Lemonade
- 1 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
- 5 – 6 lemons
- 1 cup water
Make simple syrup by mixing 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature. This makes about 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup. You can save and refrigerate the extra 1/2 cup for use later.
Squeeze the juice from the lemons and then strain it through a fine strainer to remove all pulp. Normally I like a little pulp in my lemonade but the Twist and Sparkle instructions specifically say to use only clear liquids. You’ll want 1 cup of lemon juice, after it’s been strained.
Refrigerate all ingredients, including the plain water, until thoroughly chilled, about 4 hours.
Add 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of simple syrup and 1 cup of water to the Isi bottle. Your mixture should come to the 3 cup line on the bottle.
Put a CO2 cartridge in the sparkler top and screw it on the bottle. Wait for 1 minute while the lemonade infuses with bubbles.
In the photo above I added a few crushed mint leaves with the ice in my glasses, added the lemonade and garnished with another sprig of mint and one of lavender.