Make Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More is a lovely little book that was just released yesterday. I received a review copy from the publisher (Clarkson Potter) a few weeks back, and I’ve really been enjoying it.

I made the Rose Syrup (with dried rose petals I had left over from last year’s garden) and it was amazing. I also made a variation on the Blueberry and Star Anise Shrub Syrup, which I used in the drink you see here: it was delicious with frozen blueberries and I can’t wait to make it again when I have access to fresh ones this summer.

Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen

Getting off store-bought soda can be hard, but it’s really important: soda contain loads of high fructose corn syrup as well as undesirable chemicals…it’s really best not to put that stuff into your body. Make Your Own Soda is a small book, but it’s brimming with brilliant ideas for how to make all-natural syrups you can put in homemade sodas, creative cocktails, ice cream drinks, etc. Most of the recipes are made with fruit and do also contain sugar (I used organic, fair-trade sugar in the ones I tried); if you don’t eat any sugar, this is not the book for you.

I have an extra copy of Make Your Own Soda and I’d love to send it to one of my readers: scroll down below the recipe to find out how to enter the giveaway.

Blueberry Cinnamon Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen

Recipe for Blueberry and Cinnamon Shrub Syrup (and Shrub)

Yield: about 3 cups of syrup

A shrub is a thirst-quenching, vinegar-based drink that's flavored/sweetened with fruit. Add brandy or rum and you've got a delicious cocktail; a generous splash of St-Germain (elderflower liqueur) is wonderful in here, as well.


For the Shrub Syrup:

*1 1/2 cups water
*1 cups sugar (I used organic, fair-trade sugar)
*3 cups fresh blueberries (I used frozen, wild blueberries instead)
*3/4 cup red wine vinegar (preferably organic)
*2 cinnamon sticks (the original recipe calls for 2 star anise, but I did not have any on hand)

For the Shrub:

*seltzer water (I love my Sodastream)
*Brandy, rum, or St-Germain elderflower liqueur (optional)


To make the Shrub Syrup:

1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add blueberries, vinegar, and cinnamon (or star anise). Allow to steep for 20 minutes.

2. Mash the blueberries with a fork and allow to cool. Transfer the mixture to a covered container and store in refrigerator for 2 days so flavors can develop.

3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, making sure to press all of the syrup out of the solids. Discard the solids; syrup can be stored for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

To make the Shrub:

1. For one drink, fill a glass with ice and add 2-3 tablespoons of the syrup. Top with seltzer and mix gently.

To enter the giveaway for a copy of Make Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails, and More, please do the following:

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment on this post from now through Friday May 10th, 2013 at midnight (I won’t accept entries after that time).

Optional: For an extra entry, join my community on Facebook and then leave me an additional comment telling me you did so. If you’re already a fan on Facebook, let me know below in the comments section.

Optional: For a third entry, you can sign up for my newsletter (you’ll find the sign up box in the top right sidebar as well as in the footer of my blog). Once you are signed up, just leave another comment letting me know.

So, there you go: up to three entries for each person and I’ll choose a winner via I will notify the winner by email so make sure I have a valid email address for you. US readers only, please. Good luck!

More tasty shrubs:

Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub from A Thought For Food
Cucumber Mint Shrub from Food Republic
Raspberry Shrub from Healthy Green Kitchen



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    Teresa — May 8, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I love the versatility of shrubs…I’d never think of putting cinnamon in a soda but I’ll take it from you that it works.

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    kesse — May 8, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I would love this book! i miss soda from time to time so i’m looking for some good recipes.

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    duane marcus — May 8, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Hi Winnie,
    We make shrubs that we use to pickle figs and peaches. We drink the left overs with soda and vodka. I am a member of your FB community too.

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    Leif Takacs — May 8, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    This sounds really good and can’t wait to try it. I would also really like to win a copy of the book. I found your Facebook page recently and am really digging it keep up the good work.

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    Colleen Gorman — May 8, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Love the idea of shrubs especially with warm weather arriving.

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    Colleen Gorman — May 8, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I am a facebook fan and thank you for the chance to win the book!

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    Colleen Gorman — May 8, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Also signed up for the newsletter! <3

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    Anna — May 8, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I have never been a regular soda drinker, but I love the idea of making my own for a special treat. There are so many interesting combinations and I’m sure this book has a lot of great ideas. I hope to try more this summer.

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    Jody — May 8, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Sounds like the perfect book for drinks on the deck! It’s almost summer…

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    Wendy — May 8, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I don’t normally drink sodas and pops, but sometimes when the sun is at its highest point and there’s a burger in my hand.. its hard not to take a sip! So we more often then not make a shurb out of citrus fruits. mmm! it would be great to learn some other options :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 8, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    To my shrub twin (i’m seriously obsessed with calling us twins… I’m always so amazed when two bloggers post similar recipes on the same day)! This looks so incredible and I’m totally trying this as my next shrub. Interesting to see how different our shrub recipes are. I love how each one calls for different vinegars and amounts of sugar and all that fun stuff.

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    Mimi — May 8, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    This sounds amazing! I have never heard of a non-plant “shrub” before, but now am very intrigued…must google shrub drinks now!

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    josellem — May 8, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    I tried a shrub once and it was good – no idea why I never did it again! I’d love to introduce my daughters to soda that isn’t already canned and sweetened. When I realized my youngest (10) loves diet coke…well we drink almost no soda anymore.

    I am already getting your newsletter and love it.

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    Beth L. — May 8, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Sounds delicious… I am looking forward to trying this. :)

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    Skooks — May 8, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    I miss soda terribly. If there is a way to make my own I am all over that!

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    Skooks — May 8, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Following on FB!

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    Marcy — May 8, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    I love my soda stream too! I actually prefer just plain bubbly water now to flavored “soda”… if I can just get my husband to switch we’d be golden!

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    Bridget — May 8, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    Ohhh, would love to have this book for the summer! It sounds like so much fun!

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    Bridget — May 8, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    Just joined on facebook as well :)

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    Bridget — May 8, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    And signed up for the newsletter! This is a gorgeous site! Looking forward to updates!

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    Sara — May 8, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    I love the blood orange shrub from Food in Jars and regularly mixing with sparkling water. So refreshing!

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    Marisa — May 8, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    Such a vibrant shrub-looks delicious! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    sandy — May 8, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    you’ve opened up a who,e new world of possibilities for me! can’t wait ’til the harvest reaches us here in new england. just starting with asparagus! YUM

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    sandy — May 8, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    just signed up on facebook

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    sandy — May 8, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    just signed up for the newsletter too!

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    Kari — May 8, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS!! I’ve signed up for your newsletter & the FB page!

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    Christine — May 9, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    cathie — May 9, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Never heard of shrubs to drink before. Your post and pictures make it look amazing – and delicious. I get your newsletter already.

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    laurasmess — May 9, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    I’ve never heard of a ‘shrub’. When I first read your post topic I was like, ‘huh?!’ (as we only call small plants shrubs over here in Australia I think!). Great idea though, I love the sound of this gorgeous syrup. I make an orange and star anise syrup for cocktails at the moment but this sounds even better! Thanks for sharing!

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    tristen — May 9, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    My kids are always bugging me for soda, but in good conscience, I just can’t buy it for them. Maybe this book will help us find a happy compromise!

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    tristen — May 9, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I’m a facebook fan now!

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    Anna B — May 9, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    The shrubs sound really good. I would love the book to make them.

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    Anna B — May 9, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I am a fan on Facebook

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    Anna B — May 9, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    I am signed up for your newsletter.

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    Jane — May 9, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    I love making syrups with fresh fruit! Great to add them to seltzer and to Prosecco! I get your newsletters and am enjoying your posts!

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    Jane — May 9, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I love making shrubs and fruit syrups. They are great added to seltzer or Prosecco! I am enjoying your newsletter as well.

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    Jane — May 9, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Thanks for your newsletter

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    bunkie — May 9, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I like you on facebook!

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    bunkie — May 9, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I’m already signed up for your newsletter.

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    bunkie — May 9, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Looks like a great book…and giveaway!

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    Lois — May 9, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Love the idea of making my own soda and syrup!

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    Lois — May 9, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I’m already a fan on Facebook! Love your site

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    Lois — May 9, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I’m already signed up for your newsletter.

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    Sonnet — May 9, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I’ve never tried cinnamon in soda, but I love making homemade syrups! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    vaishali — May 9, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    a spicy soda…sounds interesting!

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    Lindsey — May 9, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    This looks like a great book, I’ve really gotten into making my own fruit sodas recently.

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    Denise — May 9, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I love this and the funny part is I’d never heard of Shrub Syrup!!! The best part about this is you know what is in the syrup, nothing artificial and nothing that you can’t pronounce or understand. I’d love to win this book!!! :D

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    Liz — May 9, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    this recipe looks great – can’t wait to try it using blueberries from my garden (just bought a blueberry bush!)

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    April — May 9, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Please enter me! Thanks! :)

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    Jerilea — May 9, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    I’d love a copy of this book! I like to make a rhubarb shrub. My kids love it and ask for it all year long.

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    Linn — May 9, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Yum! This would be a great addition to the library!

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    Rosamond — May 9, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Oh, this sounds wonderful; I would love to win, just got a sodastream in the house and this would be a nice addition.

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    Ruthie Bowler — May 9, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Love all your recipes, have been trying many of them lately. Also enjoyed the lotions made from coconut oil.

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    Ruthie Bowler — May 9, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Forgot to mention I’m a FB fan and receive your newsletter. Would love a copy of the book.

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    Katrina — May 9, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I personally don’t drink soda, but my boys and husband do now and then (not very often). I would love to have an alternative that I’m sure they’d love because they just want the flavors more than anything.

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    Katrina — May 9, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I already follow on Facebook.

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    VictoriaInMD — May 9, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    Love my soda stream for making bubbly water and have tried my hand at making rhubarb syrup. Would love to try other options!

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    Keely Murdoch — May 9, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    OMGosh…that sounds delicious!!!

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    Keely Murdoch — May 9, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Oh and BTW…I have been a fan on facebook for a long time. I love the recipes and info you post.

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    Keely Murdoch — May 9, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    and I am signed up for your newsletter.

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    Mary — May 9, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    Just found your site from a fb link posted by Would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Tami — May 9, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    I would love to win!!!

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    stacey — May 9, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    Wow a great idea. I cant wait to try these!

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    Amy Brroks — May 9, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    This book sounds great! I would love to try out some of tend recipes.

    I am, btw, a Facebook fan.

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    Amy Brroks — May 9, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    Just signed up for the newsletter too! :)

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    Amy Brooks — May 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Oh dear…I was not paying attention and messed up my name and email. Ugh! Sorry! I am not Amy Brroks. LOL!

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    Tara German — May 10, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    This looks amazing! I have been researching homemade sodas and this post came at just the right time!

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    Tara German — May 10, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    I am a Facebook fan!

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    Giselle Lefebvre — May 10, 2013 @ 1:41 am

    I am excited to try my hand at making a shrub. We love our sodastream and it is great finding new ways to use it. I have been enjoying the stevia drops – rootbeer is delicious.

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    Lonnie Thaler — May 10, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    Hello Winnie,

    This looks so refreshing! I love soda drinks especially my two kids. I’m sure they will enjoy making their own. I hope I can have this book. Thanks!

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    Janet — May 10, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    I have never heard of shrubs. Thanks for the intro and the giveaway!

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    Julia — May 10, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Rose syrup sounds excellent. I would like to try that one.

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    Shawna — May 10, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    So pretty. I think my kiddos will like this one. Thanks for sharing!

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    Shawna — May 10, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    I joined the Facebook group, too.

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    Sarah — May 10, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m sure my family would love some of these recipes.

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    Jenny — May 10, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook as well! Quick question–does it work to soak the fruit/herbs in ACV for a week and then add sugar/boil to a syrup?

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    Lynn — May 10, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    Sounds refreshing and delicious! Can’t wait to try this!’

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    Victoria — May 10, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Hi there – Today I’ve “Liked” you on Facebook AND signed up for your email newsletter! I’m a new fan, but all ready you’re one of my favorites! Thanks!

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    Laura — April 24, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    Love this! I recently bought a book from an Indy book store I found in Bangor, ME. It’s called Forgotten Drink Recipes of Colonial New England. I especially wanted it for the shrub and syllabus recipes. I am so excited.