Homemade Red Currant Soda

July 1, 2016

Easy DIY soda using red currant syrup. So much better than anything you can get in a can. | Cool Mom Eats

The big hungry boy—who, by the way, is NINE AND A HALF!—didn’t have a sip of soda until he was about 7-years-old. (Well, at least not on my watch.) I’ve recently started loosening the reigns, which, in our house, means that he has soda like 8 times a year. Ha! It’s not quite the free reign he’d hoped for with that first glorious sip of Sprite, but it’s better than nothing. And, yes, I’m quick to remind him of that.

Ever since summer hit, the begging for soda has intensified and I have come up with a two pronged attack for solving this issue. Prong one: Make clear that if he continues to incessantly begging for soda he will never get to sip the good stuff again. And prong two: Make homemade soda to sate his cravings.

Make no mistake: Homemade soda is still just sugar water, but it’s my sugar water. I can control the type of sugar used (granulated cane, not high fructose corn syrup) and also the amount in each serving. Plus, I can make it super tasty for me too. Because soda made with strawberry balsamic syrup,  black currant syrup, or this red currant syrup is way tastier than anything that comes in a can.

Making simple syrup for sodas using fresh fruit is dead easy. I give measurements here, but you really don’t need them. Just add your favorite fresh fruit, cut in pieces, to a pot with either equal parts sugar and water or, if you want it a little less sweet, a half cup of sugar for every cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, cook down until it tastes good and strain.

How much fruit you add doesn’t really matter, though the closer the ratio of fruit to water, the more intense the fruit flavor. You can use this recipe as a model for others. Get creative!

Because this simple syrup is quite sweet, I cut it with fresh lemon juice when I use it to make a soda, which also gives delicious flavor. I wouldn’t make this any other way. And, as it turns out, neither would the hungry boy.

Other ideas for this red currant simple syrup:

Red Currant Syrup

Makes about 1 cup simple syrup

Can be shared with kids 12+ months*


    To make the syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 pint red currants
  • To make soda:
  • Seltzer water
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a pot set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and leave at a simmer. Cook until the fruit explodes and the liquid reduces by about half.
  2. Remove from heat and strain the syrup into a glass container. Allow to cool all the way before sealing tight and storing in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
  3. To make soda:
  4. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of red currant simple syrup with fresh lemon juice from 1/4 a juicy lemon and top with soda water. Mix and adjust the syrup and/or lemon to taste.


While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend this starting at 12 months since it’s basically pure sugar! No matter how old your eaters, use this sparingly. A little bit goes a long way with wee ones.

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