Spring has finally sprung at Raymond’s —our al fresco dining is up and running and we’re already thinking about summery flavors and cool refreshments. Although the beverage of choice has long been a nice, cold glass of soda, more customers have become interested in the quality of what they eat and drink. A closer look at commercial soft drinks is eye-opening and a little scary. Did you know that a twelve-ounce serving of soda contains about TEN teaspoons of sugar! Who would ever put that much sugar in their drink on purpose? Diet sodas aren’t much better. Besides tasting pretty awful, it’s well known that artificial sweeteners aren’t healthy. Soda also gets its tangy flavor from phosphoric acid, which can disrupt the body’s ability to use calcium. It may also contain acetic, fumaric, and gluconic acids. No wonder it’s been known to clean rust!
Fortunately, there are alternatives for the fizzy-minded. At-home carbonating systems are now widely available and affordable. Healthy syrups are being produced in small batches with whole ingredients. These syrups are also surprisingly easy to make at home. They still contain sugar, but it takes far less than ten teaspoons to make a satisfyingly sweet beverage!
Raymond’s is very inspired by the idea of creating delicious drinks made from fresh seasonal fruits, herbs, and vegetables combined in interesting ways to flavor new, signature beverages. Come try our house-made sodas for spring- we’re currently offering Minted Grapefruit, Fresh Strawberry, Cream, or Ginger, and we’re working on several new flavors for summer.
We create our syrups in small batches, by infusing sugar syrups with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices. The syrup is then mixed with plain seltzer. That’s it. It’s actually quite simple, and there’s nothing artificial at all! You could say that they’re the real, ”real thing”!
If you’d like to learn more, or try it yourself, we highly recommend our friend and syrup-mentor Anton Nocito’s book, Make Your Own Soda.