Simple Raspberry Soda Inspired by Flour Bakery

August 1, 2012

in Drinks

Homemade Raspberry Soda

If you’re from the Boston area, you’re probably very familiar with Chef Joanne Chang’s famous Flour Bakery. Known for its over-the-top sticky buns, freshly-made sandwiches, and assortment of super indulgent cupcakes, cookies, and tarts, Flour is most certainly one of the top five bakeries in town.

Raspberry Soda

Over the years, I’ve sampled my share of Flour’s baked goods, but one of my favorite things to order is actually not a pastry at all – it’s their housemade raspberry soda. Part of it is the actual soda, and part of it is the memories I associate with it.

Simple Raspberry Soda

About a year after I graduated college, Aaron and I upgraded to a new apartment in the trendy South End. At the time, we were both working in Back Bay and wanted to be able to walk to work, and we also needed a pet-friendly place for the puggle puppy we’d be bringing home the following month. Our new place had a concierge, courtyard, a small gym, central air, and was mostly occupied by young professionals and BU Medical students – ideal for making new friends. It also had wall-to-wall carpet and ended up being on the cusp of some slightly seedy areas, but we’ll focus on the positives.

It was summer, we had just brought Honey home, I had been promoted at work, Aaron loved his job, and to top it all off, Flour Bakery was right across the street. Several nights a week, we’d find ourselves there, in search of a sweet treat after dinner. Aaron would order some ridiculously awesome dessert like a Belgian chocolate brownie or homemade Oreo cookie, I would order a large raspberry soda (and take bites of his dessert), and we’d sit outside with a four-pound Honey on one of our laps and talk about our days. It was perfect.

Fresh Raspberry Soda

Years later, those raspberry sodas still take me back to that happy place. I’m not sure what’s in Flour’s recipe, but I imagine it’s really simple – a raspberry syrup made from fresh raspberries, sugar, and water – topped with bubbly seltzer water. I kept my version simple as well, adding in just a touch of lemon juice to give it some brightness, and keeping the sugar to a minimum so the natural sweetness of the raspberries really shines through.

It’s a pretty drink, and one you must order if you make the trip to Flour. For now though, this homemade version is an excellent option.

Housemade Raspberry Soda

Simple Raspberry Soda
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Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: approximately ½ C. Syrup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C. Organic Raspberries
  • ¼ C. Water
  • 2 Tbs. Organic Sugar
  • ½ Tbs. Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Seltzer Water
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the raspberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice.
  2. Cook, stirring every once in a while, until the sugar has dissolved and the raspberries begin to break down (about 3-4 minutes).
  3. Turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain the raspberries through a sieve and press gently with the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juices.
  6. Fill a glass with ice and pour 2-3 tablespoons of raspberry syrup, followed by about a cup of seltzer over top.
  7. Stir to combine and enjoy!
Notes
You can replace the sugar with whatever sweetener you like. I also tried it with a combination of coconut nectar and stevia and I was a fan, but I opted for granulated sugar for photography purposes because it creates a brighter pink raspberry syrup. You can store any leftover raspberry syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

This is so beautiful! I love homemade sodas. Simple syrups are seriously an amazing thing.

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thanks, Shannon! The color of this syrup is just incredible. Definitely one of my favorite colors. :)

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Rhona August 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Very pretty indeed. I could drink a tall glass of that right about now as it is very hot outside.
I have some fresh rhubarb a friend of mine picked for me from her garden in my fridge right now. I think you have inspired me to make a rhubarb version of this treat.

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Rhubarb soda sounds divine! What a great idea.

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Michelle Collins August 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I used to drink way too much strawberry soda at my great great aunt’s house back in the day – this post reminded me of that. Thanks for igniting such happy memories!

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That sounds like a great memory. :)

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Cadry August 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

How pretty! Plus, I enjoyed your post about the joyous simplicity of walking to work, having a puppy on your lap, and sipping a raspberry soda!

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thanks, Cadry! It’s the simple things in life. :)

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Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day August 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

OMG, I LOVE Flour! I am obsessed with their low-fat double chocolate muffin. Its way too good to be anything close to healthy but it makes you feel a little better. This looks fantastic, I’m going to have to try it out!!

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Amanda August 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

I received Flour’s cookbook as a gift a while back and let’s just say it may be better not to know how much butter and sugar is in most of their recipes. ;)

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Rebecca August 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

My brother just moved to Boston and I’m planning a visit in a few weeks. This will definitely be on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the tip off!

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Amanda August 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

Yes, definitely seek out Flour! Also, Veggie Galaxy in Central Square Cambridge has awesome vegan desserts. Their vegan lemon meringue pie is incredible.

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Kathy Steger August 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

It looks so refreshing. This drink screams SUMMER :)

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Amanda August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Gotta take advantage of the summer produce while we can! :)

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Baking Serendipity August 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love the sound of your happy place…and this soda :)

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CarolS August 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Oh yum! I like raspberries but I’m thinking strawberries sound good too! Hmm I wonder how blueberry would taste…
My sweet tooth says “oh yea” to living across the street to a bakery…my waistline on the other hand, sadly says “oh NO”!

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Amanda August 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Strawberries or blueberries sound really good! And yes – living so close to an amazing bakery was very dangerous. Thankfully, I also had a gym in my building and joined another one down the street. :)

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Lucy Hill August 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

The photography is so great..it looks so beautiful. :) Haha. And it’s so easy. :)

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Amanda August 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks, Lucy! It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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