4-Ingredient Raspberry Soda! Simple, easy, not-too-sweet, and so refreshing! | picklesnhoney.com #raspberry #soda #recipe #drink #beverage #vegan #glutenfree

Simple Raspberry Soda

4-Ingredient Raspberry Soda! Simple, easy, not-too-sweet, and so refreshing! | picklesnhoney.com #raspberry #soda #recipe #drink #beverage #vegan #glutenfree

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. 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 the appeal is the actual soda, and part is the memories I associate with it. That’s why I decided to try my hand at creating an equally delicious raspberry soda recipe, but with a bit less sugar (in true Amanda fashion).

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As for the memories that I associate with 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 (Honey!). Our new place had a concierge, courtyard, a small gym, central air, and was mostly occupied by young professionals and BU Medical students—it was 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, and I would order a large raspberry soda (and take bites of his dessert). We’d sit outside with a tiny four-pound Honey on one of our laps and talk about our days. It was perfect.

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Years later, raspberry soda still takes 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 I kept 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 raspberry soda recipe is an excellent option.

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Simple Raspberry Soda

4-Ingredient Raspberry Soda! Simple, easy, not-too-sweet, and so refreshing! | picklesnhoney.com #raspberry #soda #recipe #drink #beverage #vegan #glutenfree

Simple Raspberry Soda

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 1/2 cup syrup


Cook Time: 5 mins

This simple raspberry soda recipe is just 4 ingredients and so delicious! It's lightly sweet, very refreshing, and the most beautiful shade of pink.

4-Ingredient Raspberry Soda! Simple, easy, not-too-sweet, and so refreshing! | picklesnhoney.com #raspberry #soda #recipe #drink #beverage #vegan #glutenfree

Simple Raspberry Soda

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic raspberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • seltzer water
  • ice cubes
  • mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 1/2 cup syrup

Cook Time: 5 mins

This simple raspberry soda recipe is just 4 ingredients and so delicious! It's lightly sweet, very refreshing, and the most beautiful shade of pink.

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the raspberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Cook, stirring every once in a while, until the sugar has dissolved and the raspberries begin to break down (about 3-4 minutes). Turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the raspberries through a sieve and press gently with the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juices.
  • Fill a glass with ice and pour 2-3 tablespoons of raspberry syrup, followed by about a cup of seltzer over top. Stir to combine and enjoy!

Notes [2]

You can replace the sugar with whatever sweetener you like. I also tried making raspberry syrup with a combination of coconut nectar and stevia and I was a fan, but I opted for cane sugar for photography purposes because it creates a brighter pink raspberry syrup.

Store leftover raspberry syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. Shannon says

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

    1. Amanda says

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

  2. Rhona says

    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.

    1. Amanda says

      Rhubarb soda sounds divine! What a great idea.

  3. 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!

    1. Amanda says

      That sounds like a great memory. 🙂

  4. Cadry says

    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!

    1. Amanda says

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

  5. 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!!

    1. Amanda says

      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. 😉

  6. Rebecca says

    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!

    1. Amanda says

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

  7. It looks so refreshing. This drink screams SUMMER 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Gotta take advantage of the summer produce while we can! 🙂

  8. I love the sound of your happy place…and this soda 🙂

  9. CarolS says

    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”!

    1. Amanda says

      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. 🙂

  10. Lucy Hill says

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

    1. Amanda says

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

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