Fresh Raspberry Soda

While I occasionally crave a soda, it is a very rare occasion indeed that I actually drink one. I’m not a fan of the artificial sweeteners in the diet versions, and regular soda is too cloying.


The solution? Making my own, of course! Mix 1 part of this simple raspberry soda syrup with 3 parts club soda (for a more-sugary drink), soda water or seltzer (for a less-sweet version), and you’ve got a fruity carbonated beverage with just the right amount of sweetness.

I imagine this syrup would also be delicious in a milkshake or drizzled over ice cream. Oh! Or in a Raspberry Mule if you don’t want to muddle fresh berries.


Raspberry Soda Syrup

Yield: 1 pint

Raspberry Soda Syrup


  • 1 3/4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and water over low, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the raspberries and cook, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes, or until the syrup is reduced.
  2. Allow to cool, then strain through a jelly bag or piece of cheesecloth. Transfer to a jar or freezer-safe container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make Ahead and Storage

Syrup can be refrigerated for 2-3 weeks, or frozen for 3-4 months.
What’s your favorite carbonated drink?


  1. says

    This is such a great idea. I don’t drink soda often, but I’d love something like this when I do. I wonder if you make it with cherries would that make something like a Shirley Temple? I have no idea what “flavor” grenadine is. It just tastes like sugar to me.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      When I do have “real” soda, ginger ale or ginger beer is one of my top picks!

  2. says

    How pretty are those drinks? I try to avoid soda too so this is great! I’m a fan of Pellegrino, but it’s a tad pricey so I don’t often get it.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I don’t know if I’ve ever had LaCroix, but I’ve heard great things about it!

  3. Jenn says

    I gave up drinking soda a long time ago… but this sounds absolutely lovely! I am gonna share your link to this awesome sounding recipe!

  4. Liam says

    This same recipe (Exact same quantities) works really well with Cherries, Blackberries and Blueberries.

    Probably wouldn’t hurt to trail an error even with Strawberries and perhaps even Grapes for some different flavours.

    I make the Blackberry and Raspberry soda all the time at home.

    • Liam says

      Another idea, if you want a clean clear syrup, is to wrap the berries in Muslin and then place them in the boiling syrup that way.
      Then just take the bag out and press the bag in a strainer to get the extra juice.
      This makes a really nice clear syrup but if you like to see the bits to show you it’s homemade, then this way is perfect to.