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If you were a child of the '90s or early 2000s, you probably indulged in sugary sweets like Dunkaroos and Oreo O’s, and had a lunch that included Lunchables’ pizzas and cheese and crackers with a tiny red stick spreader.
But what truly stand out from this era of childhood are the drinks — and specifically, the soft drinks. Nothing quite pepped us up like a sip of Surge, and there was nothing like a sip of Vanilla Coke to make us feel fancy.
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Unfortunately, many of these tasty drinks have been discontinued or are nearly impossible to find. Petitions like "SaveSurge" have tried to convince soda-makers to bring these beverages life again. The campaign has been featured on major news sites, has bought their own billboard, and has gotten its thousands of followers to write to Coca-Cola to bring the drink back.
But, thanks to the all-powerful magic of the Internet, you can craft taste-alike versions of these drinks in your own kitchen. (No petition required.)
Some drinks take a bit of time, like the recipe for Surge, courtesy of those very folks trying to bring the citrus drink back. But others, like a popular recipe that’s been floating around the Internet for the sparsely found drink Mountain Dew Code Red, require a few simple ingredients. You can craft this Taco Bell favorite with simply a glass of Mountain Dew and a splash of fruit punch.
Some of our childhood favorites have stuck around. Unfortunately, our wallets have gotten thinner and our sugar tolerance has gotten smaller since then — not to mention the fact that we as Americans just haven’t been drinking sodas like we used to. But, the homemade soda market has been booming thanks to machines like SodaStream, and artisanal and handcrafted soda have only gotten better.
To go along with this, we also have some recipes for some kid-friendly beverages that are either more cost-effective or healthier… or both. So grab your Lisa Frank journal, turn on the Spice Girls and take a delicious trip through memory lane with us. Click ahead for easy recipes for recreating your favorite soft drinks at home.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a bartender to make these delicious drinks! We carefully selected the most delicious and popular drink recipes for you and your girlfriends.
It’s easy, smooth, and tastes amazing! It’s one of the most popular girly drinks and very easy to make. We love it because it’s fruity, pretty and not too strong. This cocktail is great summer and winter drink.
Homemade Boba Milk Tea Recipe
A chilled boba tea with those tapioca balls. YUM! It’s so addicting, and you can make it at home!
- Tapioca Pearl Balls (black)- these ones I ordered online are SO GOOD, but maybe your local boba tea cafe will sell you some too!
- Brown sugar (or regular sugar too works)
- Thick smoothie straws, or boba tea straws
STEP 1: Brew your tea and let cool in the fridge.
STEP 2: Mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar with 1/2 cup of water and let boil until sugar is dissolved. Then cool to room temperature.
STEP 3: Add 2 cups of water to a pot and 1/4 cup of tapioca pearl balls. At first they will fall to the bottom, but don&rsquot worry- in about 3 minutes they&rsquoll start popping up.
After 3 minutes, turn off the heat and let them sit for another 3 minutes on the stove. They&rsquoll start to drop again to the bottom.
STEP 4: Drain the tapioca balls and mix with about 1/4 cup of the cooled brown sugar syrup.
STEP 6: Let the tapioca balls cool for about 5 minutes.
STEP 7: When everything is ready, add your tapioca balls with the syrup into a cup.
Crushed red pepper flakes add heat to this lighter take on ginger ale.
The soda fountain classic you should be making at home.
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It’s fizzy, it’s tangy, it looks festive, and it goes down easy. What could be better than a Moscow mule? This easy cocktail recipe was invented in the 1940’s, but it’s having a moment now too. This classic Moscow mule recipe timeless and easy to make. With only 3 ingredients and 3 minutes required, it’s perfect to serve for entertaining: or a lazy evening on the patio.
23 of the Best Bourbon Cocktails
From a classic old fashioned to brand new twists, these are the bourbon recipes your cocktail shaker needs.
Often relegated to the chillier months of the year, bourbon is a true American-born spirit. Whether you like your bourbon drinks potent, like a classic boulevardier, or prefer something with a fresher, more fruity twist, we've got recipes that prove that bourbon can be the right choice for every palette and season.
1 oz bourbon
.5 oz Patron Citronge orange liqueur
7 dashes of Angostura bitters
7 dashes of Peychauds bitters
1 lemon twist
Add all ingredients (except champagne) into a chilled mixing vessel and stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe, top off with champagne and garnish with an extra long lemon twist.
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz winter spiced simple syrup*
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
*To make the winter spiced simple syrup, simmer 1:1 simple syrup with clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2 oz simple syrup
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 oz bourbon
2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 tsp orange marmalade
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 egg white
Boil simple syrup and rosemary in a small saucepan, and allow it to cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup and add it to a shaker with bourbon, lemon juice, and marmalade. Add ice and shake. Pour into a glass with ice. Add maple syrup, orange juice, and egg white to the shaker. Shake until frothy and pour over cocktail. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Served at the Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas.
8 oz hot water
1 tea bag
2 oz bourbon
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
1 lemon slice
Pour hot water into mug and steep tea for two to three minutes. Remove tea bag and add honey, whiskey, and lemon juice. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz half and half
One egg white
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of salt
Combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cranberries ,and a sprig of rosemary.
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz maple syrup
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Muddle thyme then combine ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon peel.
2 oz Basil Hayden's bourbon
.75 oz limoncello
.5 oz orange juice
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash of cranberry bitters
1 egg white
Shake hard with ice. Serve up in coupe glass.
1.5 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
1 tsp fresh lemon Juice
4 oz Kentucky Ale-8-One (if unavailable, substitute your favorite ginger ale)
8 dashes Angostura bitters
Build all of the ingredients except for soda in a highball glass with ice. Top off with Kentucky Ale-8-One and stir once.
By Chef Newman Miller of Star Hill Provisions in Loretto, Kentucky
2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
.75 cup sifted powdered sugar
Half of a vanilla bean
Fresh grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
2 oz Elijah Craig bourbon
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz agave syrup
2 cherry tomatoes
5 fresh basil leaves
Muddle tomatoes and four basil leaves. Add other ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a basil leaf.
Created by Ruben Bansie and served at Bar Velo in Brooklyn, New York
2 oz Peerless bourbon
1 tsp Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
4 large peach slices
2 dashes black walnut bitters
Orchid for garnish
Muddle 2 Peach slices in a mixing glass, add all other ingredients and stir with ice for about 15 seconds. Double fine strain into a rocks glass full of crushed ice and garnish with remaining peach slices and orchid.
1.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon
1 oz Aperol aperitif
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz honey syrup
Half-dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Add ingredients to shaker with ice and shake to chill.
1.5 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
1 oz Paul Masson Brandy
1 oz Giffard Banana Liqueur
3 Dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and serve with a large ice cube.
.25 oz Amaro CioCiaro
.25 oz maraschino liqueur
.75 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1.5 oz Old Forester Bourbon
Prepare cocktail in a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir for 25 seconds, let sit a few seconds more while preparing coupe glass. Pour cocktail, squeeze lemon zest over cocktail, discard the lemon, and garnish with maraschino cherry.
1.25 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon
Hot apple cider
Dash of allspice
Tall cinnamon stick
Add bourbon to a mug. Fill mug with hot apple cider and dash of allspice. Garnish with tall cinnamon stick and lemon slice.
1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 tsp lemon juice
.5 tsp sugar
Add bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar to cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
1.5 oz Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon
1 oz Campari
.75 oz Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
Build ingredients in a mixing glass, using a jigger. Add ice and stir with bar spoon. Strain with a julep strainer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with spritzed orange peel.
1 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
3 oz Rare Tea Cellars Emperor's Lemon Meritage tea, steeped
Combine above in a metal shaker. Submerge the bottom of the shaker in another shaker filled with hot water and stir to combine and warm ingredients. Pour into a mug and top with hot tea. Garnish with a few gratings of cinnamon.
2 oz Cutler's 33 Bourbon
.5 oz organic lemon juice
.75 oz strawberry purée
.75 oz honey
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice in a stemless wine glass. Garnish with honeycomb and fresh lavender.
1 part Knob Creek Single Barrel
1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.
5 parts Punt e Mes
.25 parts fresh lemon juice
Garnish with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries on skewer
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with cherries.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Oloroso sherry
.5 oz Ancho Reyes chili liqueur
.5 oz Benedictine
Combine all above ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass, add cubed ice and give a short stir. Garnish with an orange peel.
Created by Kimberly Rosselle and served at Trick Dog in San Francisco
1.5 oz Drambuie
.5 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon
.5 oz Oloroso Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with star anise.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz ginger syrup*
1 oz unfiltered apple juice
1 oz lemon juice
A few cracks of black pepper
Combine all ingredients, shake, and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with an apple ball.
*Ginger Syrup: 2 oz. of ginger to 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool. Strain. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
7 of the best soda makers for your favorite fizzy drinks
Carbonated beverages come in many varieties. There’s soda, seltzer, and spritzers to quench your thirst at home, family picnics, or happy hour. If you can’t live without a sparkling drink (or two) in your hand, you might find yourself dropping major bucks at the bar or grocery store. So why not buy yourself a soda maker and make your own fizzy drinks at home?
Most soda makers can be used for multiple types of carbonated beverages, including fizzy cocktails, sparkling juice, and bubbly water. With so many options to choose from, it might be challenging to find the right soda maker for your kitchen. Before you buy a soda maker, there are some things you might want to consider.
Drink preference: Consider what types of carbonated beverages you like. If you’re all about making a spin-off of Coke or Sprite, a flavor-friendly soda machine might be the way to go. For those that love sparkling martinis or fizzy mimosas, a multi-use carbonator machine is a good pick. On the other hand, if you enjoy plain seltzer, opt for a sparkling water maker.
Volume: How often do you drink bubbly beverages? Daily or on special occasions only? Most soda makers come with one-liter bottles, and you’ll want to see how many drinks you can make with minimal maintenance. Look for soda makers that don’t require a lot of CO2 carbonators or cartridges, so you’ll always be able to use your machine whenever you need a spritzer, soda, or sparkling water.
Ease of use: A soda maker shouldn’t be too complicated to use. Most soda makers have step-by-step instructions, just in case you need help making beverages. Look at what’s required to make a carbonated beverage, including if the soda maker requires batteries or electricity to operate.
Extra supplies: Most soda makers come fully equipped, but occasionally, you’ll need extra products, including carbonator refills and mix packets, to make beverages. Sometimes it’s more cost efficient to buy a soda maker that comes with these supplies, but you can buy them at most retailers if they don’t come with the set.
Whether you prefer spritzers, sodas, or sparkling water, there’s a soda machine out there to help you make great carbonated beverages. Here are our top seven picks for the best soda makers.
Our 7 Favorite Refreshing Drinks: Summer Beverages to Help You Cool Off
Make the most of the warm weather this summer with these complementary refreshing drinks! Sit poolside, lakeside, oceanside or even just on your back patio with these delicious summer beverages. All of these refreshing drinks are non-alcoholic, but feel free to add your own favorite adult twist. Make up a pitcher of some of our cold drinks or sangrias, or try out these seven summer beverages below. We also recommend these recipes for when you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or staying in for girls’ night!
1. Orange Breeze Mocktail
Summer days call for enjoying the summer breeze—and an Orange Breeze Mocktail! The orange breeze is a perfect summer beverage, and it calls for crushed ice, which we all know is the best version of ice for your drinks. Add mixed fruit for a pretty presentation and a little something to nibble on while you sip.
2. Watermelon Agua Fresca
Everyone’s favorite summer fruit tends to be watermelon, so why not include it in a refreshing drink? Watermelon Agua Fresca incorporates fresh cut watermelon and a delightful slice of lime for garnish.
3. Iced Chocolaccino
This refreshing drink is a sweet mix of cocoa and freshly brewed coffee. Just refrigerate and, if you like, serve over ice for a delicious pick-me-up. Hint: For extra fun and richer coffee flavor, try serving the Iced Chocolaccino over Coffee Ice Cubes. Yum!
4. Strawberry-Coconut Water Slush
Cold. Creamy. Scrumptious. These are the words that describe one of our favorite summer beverages, and you should be drinking it all summer-long! Strawberry-Coconut Water Slush enhances your typical coconut water with help from frozen strawberries, CRYSTAL LIGHT PURE Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Drink Mix, and nonfat Greek yogurt.
5. Pomegranate Sangria
Are you a fan of sangria? Of course you are! This Pomegranate Sangria will be your new favorite refreshing drink of choice. It’s a non-alcoholic version, so feel free to share with all your friends and family.
6. Pink Paradise Punch
Make up a pitcher of this pink punch recipe for a fizzy summer beverage for your warm-weather get-together. Pink Paradise Punch has flavors of cherry, vanilla, lemon-lime and tropical punch!
7. Moscow Mule
Break out the ginger beer, lemonade flavor drink mix and lemons for a non-alcoholic Moscow Mule that your party will love. Even if you’re just sitting around playing cards or chatting, this is one refreshing drink that you’ll need to refill!
According to my watch, it’s margarita time, and this “French Kiss” margarita recipe is just the thing we all need to wind down from the day. (Or drink it in the middle of the day—I don’t judge.)
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5. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake
More dessert than drink, technically, but with its perfect balance of refreshing and comforting, this holiday seasonal favorite deserves some love year-round. If you're a big fan of this treat, this Chick-fil-A copycat recipe doesn't take much prep time and it's extra cooling during a hot summer.
Delicious dishes perfect for the grill, beach or backyard this Summer.
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Chicken Pup Pie - Home & Family
Larissa Wohl comes into the kitchen to show us how to make Chicken Pup Pie, a delicious dinner for our dogs that will have them howling for seconds. Get the full recipe here.
Tamera Makes Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Tamera Mowry-Housley is dishing up a one-pot Mac & Cheese recipe that is so delicious you will never reach for a box again. Get the full recipe here.
Blueberry French Toast Muffins - Home & Family
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Rosanna Pansino - Giant Donut Cake
Rosanna Pansino's donut shaped cake is flavored to taste like an old-fashioned donut.
Lisa Lillien - Honey BBQ Chicken & Broccoli
Lisa Lillien's one sheet pan chicken dinner takes less than 30 minutes.
Steve Rhee - Lamb Chops with Tzatziki
Steve Rhee, Executive Chef of Kiki on the River, makes Lamb Chops with Tzatziki earning Debbie’s Greek seal of approval.
Haylie Duff's Veggie Spring Rolls
Haylie Duff's healthy take on Spring rolls are kid-friendly and pack in lots of color and lots of flavors.
Tomato Pimento Cheese Galette
Debbie is making a Pimento Cheese Galette that pairs with Hallmark Channel Wines newest sparkling rosé, “Cheers.”
Jamie Dement - Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab
The Farmhouse Chef Jamie DeMent's simple seafood favorite.
Katie Quinn - Arancini Con Melanzane
Take a trip to Italy with Kate Quinn's recipe for Arancini Con Melanzane (fried rice balls with eggplant) from her new book, “Cheese, Wine, and Bread.”
Susan Feniger - Cheese Grits with Three Pepper Relish
Susan Feniger's light meal can be made without even turning on the oven.
Tamera’s Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Tamera Mowry-Housley is dishing up a one-pot Mac & Cheese recipe that is so delicious you will never reach for a box again. This homemade dish is super easy to make and a great way to cut down on preservatives.
Jessie Sheehan - Apple Crumb Pie with a Cream Cheese Crust
Celebrate National Apple Pie Day with Jessie Sheehan’s recipe for the American classic with a twist.
Larissa Wohl comes into the kitchen to show us how to make Chicken Pup Pie, a delicious dinner for our dogs that will have them howling for seconds.
Kelly Senyei - Blueberry French Toast Muffins
Kelly Senyei has the perfect solution for getting breakfast on the table in no time.
Buddy Valastro - Explosion Love Cake
“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro's cake looks elaborate and is easy to make at home.
Samantha Harris - White Bean Chili
Emmy award-winning TV Host and author of “Your Healthiest Healthy,” Samantha Harris shows how to make a meal the whole family will love in 20 minutes.
Tamera Mowry-Housley shows how to elevate the classic brownie for a great after-school snack.
Pati Jinich - Arroz Con Almejas (Dirty Rice with Clams)
Chef and author of “Treasures of the Mexican Table” Pati Jinich is back to help us celebrate Cinco De Mayo with delicious Dirty Rice and Clams.
Jane Soudah - Passion Fruit Pie
Jane Soudah, author of “Delightful Desserts,” shows how to turn Passion Fruit into the perfect pie for Summer.
Maria Provenzanoshares her mother’s own quiche recipe filled with broccoli, cheese, and Midwest goodness.
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Bridget Lancaster shows how to make a delicious one-pan steak dish for dinner.
Brad Miller - One Pot Oven Roasted Halibut
Brad Miller's show-stopping one-pot recipe is easy, amazing, and has out-of-this-world flavor.