CO2 Siphons Make Winter a Cozy Place

Glass Mesh Soda SiphonYou’ve finally gotten that soda siphon you’ve been craving to make you look like a pro in your basement bar and are ready to entertain the throngs of guests that don’t happen to be related to you. Now what? When you begin to explore cocktails with seltzer and soda water you’ll notice that some cocktails just taste better than others with one type of fizz. That is because seltzer contains salt that the soda water doesn’t, gently changing the taste of your cocktail and making it that much better (with a soda siphon, you can add a pinch of table salt to your water before charging it and Ta-Da! you have seltzer). Here are a couple recipes that you can wow your guests with on the seltzer side and I’ll have some fun with soda water next time.

I love Sangria and this winter version of a summer classic gives you a nice drink that lets you share the winter weather with a couple of friends.

Winter Sangria

1½ c red wine
½ c fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)
1 navel orange, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced into wedges and cored
1½ tbsp maple syrup
3 c seltzer, chilled
12 oz Ginger Beer, chilled

In a large pitcher, combine wine, seeds, orange, apple and maple syrup; refrigerate an hour or even overnight for maximum flavor. Stir in the seltzer and Regatta Ginger Beer when you’re ready to enjoy. Serve over ice.

Here’s an interesting Cocktail with a beverage I’d never heard of. Soju is native to Korea and is apparently rather similar to Vodka, only slightly sweeter. Traditionally made of rice, this liquor is typically classed as a wine in the US (between $10-20) and has an ABV of 25% (in Korea it can be up to 45%).

Apple-Soju Cocktail

1/3 glass Soju (can substitute with Vodka)
1/3 glass seltzer
1/3 glass apple juice
Ice, as needed
1 thin slice granny smith apple

Mix equal parts soju, seltzer and apple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with apple slice.

The Sangria is nice, but let me know how the cocktail turns out, if you try it before I do.



  • DrinkyDrink February 28, 2011 @ 4:36pm

    Love this cocktail recipe! My favorite soju is TY KU (they also make a really good sake) so I’m glad I now have some delicious recipes to mix it into. It’s also really good on the rocks with muddled fruit 🙂

  • gerg March 1, 2011 @ 2:27pm

    Awesome! I agree they certainly do make good sake, I’ll have to try their soju. We’ll keep the recipes coming!

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