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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Mint infused Vanilla Soda. No calories!
3 Vanilla Bean Stalks
1/4 cup fresh Mint
3/4 cup Splenda
4 cups Water
Sparkling Seltzer Water
Sprig of Mint
So I played in the kitchen quite a bit today. I tried out a homemade Ginger-ale recipe I saw floating around Pinterest. While I was doing this I decided to experiment and make a vanilla based syrup for a vanilla soda. I was hit with a heavenly idea.... Add MINT! So I trotted out to the garden and snipped 1/4 cup of fresh mint. I pulled out 3 vanilla bean stalks from my secret stash.
I chopped up the mint and cut the Vanilla stalks in half. I then sliced the vanilla bean stalks. I scraped out the goody from the stalk threw it, the Vanilla stalks and mint into a small saucepan. I added 4 cups of water and 3/4 cup of Splenda.
I brought it to a boil and let it simmer for a hour. I then turned the heat off and let the vanilla syrup cool. After it cooled, I strained it through cheesecloth into a glass jar for keeping. Make sure to refrigerate the syrup.
I added 3 Tablespoons of the syrup to 8 oz of sparkling Seltzer water. You can buy Seltzer water at most grocery stores. I tossed in some ice and a sprig of mint and YUM! Taste just like creme soda but with no calories! Enjoy!