House made sparking water/seltzer ?

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  1. sweetchefny

    sweetchefny

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    Hello-

    Anyone creating signature non-alcoholic sparking water/seltzer beverages that would be willing to share with me what type of equipment you are using?  

    Our small bakery-cafe is looking to develop some house-made fruity type sparking beverages (like you would make at home using a Soda Stream) as an alternative to offering bottled sodas and waters and would welcome any advice you could provide.

    Thank you very much.
     
  2. cerise

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    Back in the day, in New York city, we made Egg Creams with seltzer water or purchased gizmos with cartridges to create the fizz factor.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_cream

    Chocolate syrup (U-Bet) was the syrup of choice.  You might change it out with coffee or strawberry syrup.

    If you poke around the web, there are some healthy "spa/detox" type water drinks using uncarbonated water i.e. water infused with strawberries, cucumbers, lemons and limes, etc.  Adding some "fizz" to the mix would be interesting/refreshing.
     
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  3. sweetchefny

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    Thank you so much, Cerise, for your prompt reply. I remember those NYC egg creams very fondly!

    I like the idea of the infused "spa" waters, but would like to add the extra "fizz" effect to them. I've seen equipment in all price ranges - but we are trying to keep it as simple and cost effective as possible.

    Thank you again for your suggestion and for taking the time to respond!
     
  4. cheflayne

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    Are you looking to bottle and sale or prepare to order and sale?
     
  5. sweetchefny

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    Thank you, Cheflayne, for your question.  We are just looking to make & serve these flavored "seltzers" to order.
     
  6. cheflayne

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    A cheap and inexpensive way to test the marketable value would be to make a concentrated spa water base. To order, put some base in  a glass and fill remainder with soda water. 8 to 1, 4 to 1, just play around with the ratio.

    If it starts looks like a viable market, then invest in CO2 equipment.
     
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  7. sweetchefny

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    Thank you, Cheflayne, for your response.  That is a really great idea!