Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bubbling and Refreshing


There's water, and there's... soda water. Soda water is my favorite soft drink, especially in summer.. It is made of water to which carbon dioxide gas ( Co2) is added under pressure. It goes very well with wine creating a sparkling, refreshing drink.

They say it upsets the stomach, causes digestion discomfort. Quite the reverse,  it soothes the stomach, and eases discomfort..  As far as I know no one in my family ( all soda drinkers), has had anything to do with indigestion or stomach problems.
Soda water is also  'accused' of weakening the bones; no real evidence in this respect either.

I'm used to drinking it from an early age. In my childhood days, soda water was produced in a small factory where special glass bottles got filled with water and Co2, and then sold to customers. To buy a new bottle (named syphon), one had to return the empty one.

syphon*

 The next stage in the 'evolution', of this carbonated beverage, was home- made soda , the best kind of soda - as one can make it as strong or as weak as one wishes.

At first, the device for soda making  at home was the sypholux - a metalic, opaque, silver colored item (covering a glass inner bottle) which came with a plastic cartridge holder. To operate it one had to buy a package of replaceable Co2. cartridges. The more cartridges used, the stronger the soda. Usually three (3) cartridges were the optimal number for a fairly strong soda.

(The grey-red sypholux was a popular  wedding gift in those days, and subject to a lot of jokes , as the newly wed couples used to get more than two or three of them ).



bottle, head, cartridge, cartridge holder*

inserted cartridge holder *

The sypholux and cartridges got replaced after a while by the Soda Stream  company's device - a reusable bottle and a replaceable carbonating cylinder.
I wasn't happy with that method - too awkward and expensive for me.


soda stream kit*


Nowadays, I usually buy ready made soda water bottles /cans at the supermarket or kiosks. The bottles come in two sizes: family bottles and smaller personal bottles. It's important to read the label on the bottle before buying, as there are sometimes additions like sodium ,for example, supposed to give the soda  better taste.


* web pictures


31 comments:

  1. hola, la verdad es que nunca he probado la soda, bueno dentro de un mojito si, jeje. besos

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    1. Well then, you should try it separately from the other 'mojito' cocktail ingredients.

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  2. Fascinating story, Duta. Not something that has been a part of my background at all, but somewhere in my distant memory I do seem to recall those syphon bottles.

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    1. Thank you. The syphon bottles were part of my childhood and early adolescence in east Europe (Romania).
      The sypholux and the soda-stream devices were experienced in Israel.

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  3. Wow Duta, you`ve made your own soda ! Impressive! I also never have seen all those homemade soda making items. Like your title says, a very refreshing and bubbling post, just perfect on a hot summer day!! If you are making them to order, I will have a ginger ale please:))!!

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    1. Yes, I did- and stayed alive:)
      I'm like that - always interested in trying and experiencing all kinds of things.

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  4. I used to vaguely remember those earlier soda syphons but lost track of their evolution after that! Interesting blog.....

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    1. I'm kind of addicted to soda water (not in a negative sense), so the things involved in its evolution stay fresh in my memory to this day.

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  5. I drink soda water with ice cubes a lot. My daughter has a soda stream, but I just buy the bottles.

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    1. Good for you, Christine! It's refreshing and invogarating! It's also healthy, as they say, it neutralizes the toxins in the digestive system

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  6. I'm not sure I've ever had soda water. Fascinating how it is made! Learned something new today about it!

    betty

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    1. I feel flattered when a reader writes in his/her comment that he/she has learnt something new from my post. Thank you, Betty.

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    1. Thanks a lot. I'm glad you find my little post interesting.

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  8. My little brother is addicted to soda, me not so much. He bought a Sodastream when they first came out and loved it.

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    1. I'm not surprised your brother likes the device. It turns him into a small manufacturer able of producing his own beloved beverage, without depending on outer factors. That makes him feel good.

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  9. I always drink soda water too (sparkling water) never harmed me or anybody else ! I stated that all normal things are bad for our health while the expensive "organic" things will keep us alive until 100 years !!

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    1. As long as a drink doesn't contain one of the two "killers" or both - sugar and salt - no harm will be done to the body (in my opinion). Soda water is free of the above elements.

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  10. I'm not a drinker of soda water though have had it.
    I think from memory sometimes my late mum drank it occasionally.
    Good information about it you have written.

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    1. People tend to confuse between soda water and the other soda drinks like Cola and Sprite. The last two mentioned, are carbonated drinks but unlike soda water, contain sugar, and are therefore unhealthy and not recommended.

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  11. I've never seen them! I don't drink soft drinks or soda water. Mostly just water.

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    1. If you drink mostly water, then that's good for you. If the water in your area is of good quality, then nothing else is needed.

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    2. That is true, we drink water using a filter jug, but to be honest water in our city is so clean you can drink it straight from the tap. My husband likes soda water from time to time, but I don't, it upsets my belly to much. Have a lovely day!

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    3. Lucky you having such a good city water!
      Still, you take precautions and use a filter jug. Kudos to you!

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  12. I do recall those syphon bottles.
    I'm not a soda water drinker, I tend to just drink it plain.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Once you've seen those bottles, you don't esily forgt them.
      I didn't choose to drink soda water, it was on our table from the very beginning of my life. I'm faithful to it ro this day. I like it and I think it does me good.

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  13. This is very thought provoking post you have here, it’s also really interesting. I had not heard about this soda water before reading about it here. We call Coke, 7-Up and Pepsi, soda water. Thanks to you, I learned something new today.

    Wishing you all the best . . . Stay Safe, my friend!


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    1. Thanks for your kind words.
      I'm aware of this confusion: people call all carbonated drinks - soda. There's of course a difference. Soda water is just water and carbon dioxide, whereas Cola, 7-up, Sprite have all kinds of additions beside water and carbon, such as sugar and color.

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  14. Reminds me of the "Soda Fountains" that were in the theatres (about five decades ago) where you sit on those high stools and see the guy do the fuzzzzzzzzz when he presses the lever down.

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    1. It certainly brings back memories - good ones.
      At home, pressing the lever of the syphon down to get that fuzzy drink was quite a joyful act, one of expectation for a cool, bubbling drink.

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