The best possible world when it come to beverages is when you can make your own. This is arguably one of the most sensible paths to investigate given that everyone has there own preferences and other dietary concerns. The ability to mix your own sodas is well worth it, especially considering it means that you can make your own flavors or allow for your own dietary concerns; for those on a diet that is not always well served by store brands this can be a major advantage. All told making your own sodas is a major advantage worth looking into for everyone.
Most flavored syrups are easy enough to mix up: All you need to do is decide which syrup you want to mix in with the soda water and then mix them together. The fun comes from mixing different flavors together to see what happens. For most people this is matching their favorite store drink with another, usually fruit-based, syrup and enjoying the mix. For example, we all know that Mountain Dew and lighter fruit juices such as apple and peach do well together just as cola and sweeter flavors such as vanilla and orange do. Recreating some of the tastes from childhood can actually be fun.
It can also be great to mix fruit syrups together and see what results. Vanilla and sharper tastes should work well together; vanilla and orange will create the familiar orange popsicle flavor, and cherry vanilla is always a popular flavor. While it can be fun to combine similar taste such as pear and apple, in order to see if it strengthens the taste of one or the other, it can also be fun to pair contradictory tastes o see what happens, such as apple and orange. With a little bit of experimentation it can be interesting to see which flavors develop and which can be used for different options.
With device such as the Soda Stream it is possible to go from mere flavored water to something with a carbonated twist. This opens up entirely new realms of flavor as adding carbonation does tend to tweak flavors a bit, making them a little bolder. For those looking to add to an experience the ability to create sodas always makes children happy, and the ability to mix up flavors at will that people have a nostalgic feeling for always adds something to a celebration.
For those willing to take some culinary risks this can make for some interesting creations. At the very least this means a wide variety of simple desserts and beverages are possible, as the syrups can be mixed and sprayed over shaved ice; fruit-flavored shaved ice is always popular. These flavors can also be easily added to ice creams for a wider range of frozen treats. especially on a hot day. Also, this means that alcoholic drinks can gain a nice little zing and morning coffee just became a lot more interesting. At the very least that they are essentially simple syrups it allows for sweetening without that grainy feel from sugar. As there is a lot of cross-over between desserts, coffee, and alcoholic drinks this can be a really fun realm to explore.
It also helps to think of flavored syrups as the simple syrups that they are. This means that there are even more realms to explore as the ability to add flavors to foods in general creates an entire list of other uses for the flavored syrups, such as glazes and marinades. In fact, a carbonated marinated can make for some really tender meat. Flavored syrups can make for some really great additions to a cook’s pallette, really giving the cook some really nice options when it comes to deciding which flavor to play with in making culinary creations.
In short, favored syrups can add a lot to any situations. They can intensify flavors and add a nice sweetness, making sweet tea even sweeter or adding a little more intensive flavor to chicken a l’orange. It only takes a little to go a long way, but that just allows you to better decide how much is really needed. Add in a little carbonation and they can be drunk as is or added to some really great marinades. All it takes is a little imagination a willingness to experiment and you can explore entirely new vistas of flavor.