Blueberries are known to be powerful antioxidants. They’re rich in micronutrients like Vitamin C, K, and manganese. While blueberries perfectly complement salads and summer desserts, a fun way to switch up your blueberry routine is to turn them into a drink.
Blueberry soda is a sweet, refreshing drink that will make you forget about those sugary, high-carb sodas. It will leave you feeling refreshed and has some incredible health-promoting qualities.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about this bubbly and delicious soda!
What Brands Make a Blueberry Soda?
Blueberry soda may not be as popular as other soda flavors. But very sought-after in the world just the same. Blueberry soda brands, Maine Root, Jelly Belly, and Blueberry Breese dominate the market. However, there are other major beverage companies like Fanta and Mountain Dew that have put out limited-edition blueberry-flavored sodas as well.
We have listed some of the best blueberry soda brands that are worth a try if you’re a fan of fruit-flavored soda.
Maine Root Handcrafted Blueberry Soda
As the name suggests, Maine Root Handcrafted Blueberry Soda originates from Maine. It comes in 12 fl. oz. glass bottles and is made with pure carbonated water, organic cane sugar, and spices. This caffeine-free soda is a refreshing treat for hot summer days.
Jelly Belly Blueberry Soda
This bright blue beverage comes in a 12 fl. oz. glass bottle with a label that reads “Gourmet Soda. Naturally Flavored.” It’s manufactured with filtered carbonated water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, and natural flavors.
The Jelly Belly Blueberry Soda is lightly carbonated and tastes like blueberry candy with a hint of citrus. The active acid balances out the sweetness with the tang. This soda is a great option if you’re into textured, refreshing drinks. It also pairs well with salty snacks like crackers and popcorn.
This blueberry-flavored soda is made by Excel Bottling Company with real cane sugar and filtered carbonated water. It is bright, clear blue in color, and comes in 12 fl. oz glass bottles.
In terms of taste, the Blueberry Breese tastes more like blue cream soda than conventional blueberry soda. But if you’re a fan of sweet, creamy sodas–this should be your go-to!
The only drawback of the Blueberry Breese is that it’s only available in the United States.
Sprecher Brewery Blueberry Soda
This handcrafted Blueberry soda by Sprecher Brewery is delicious from the first whiff to the very last sip. This unique soda is fire-brewed, which means it is skillfully made in a gas-fired kettle.
The Sprecher Blueberry soda is made with carbonated water, Wisconsin honey, and natural blueberry juice. This refreshing soda bursts with delicious sweetness and a slight tartness and comes in a pack of four 16 fl. oz. glass bottles.
What does Blueberry Soda Taste Like?
Blueberry Soda uses blueberry flavoring made with actual blueberry juice to get the flavor right. But the taste of the soda itself is not as tart as raw blueberries or sweet as you would find in a pie. Instead, the taste of blueberry soda is best described as an ice-cold blueberry muffin.
Most often, blueberry soda tastes like fruit juice rather than soda. This is because the carbonation in this type of soda is pretty mild. However, the smell of this soda is exactly like blueberries.
Does Blueberry Soda Have Caffeine?
Blueberry soda does not contain caffeine. It is made up of filtered carbonated water, blueberry syrup made of blueberries, and a sweetener in the form of honey or cane sugar. Some blueberry soda brands also use artificial or natural flavors to make the drink taste better.
Is Blueberry Soda Vegan?
Traditional blueberry soda is free of meat, dairy, or derivatives. Most blueberry soda brands use cane sugar as a sweetener, which is a vegan-friendly option. If any blueberry soda uses honey as a sweetener, it will be mentioned on the nutritional information panel of the product.
Is There a Sugar-Free Blueberry Soda?
Most blueberry soda brands use added sugar to sweeten their beverages. However, there are low-sugar blueberry sodas on the market, such as New Wave Blueberry soda which uses no added sugars or preservatives to sweeten the drink. It only has 6 grams of sugar from the fruit juice.
How is Homemade Blueberry Soda Made?
Blueberry soda is a deliciously refreshing drink. It is also super easy to make at home with only a few ingredients. To make homemade blueberry soda, you will need the following:
- 20 ounces or 4 cups of blueberries, rinsed and drained
- Carbonated water
- 2 cups of regular water
- 7 ounces sugar
- 1 juiced lime
Firstly, you would need to make blueberry syrup. Place your blueberries and water into a saucepan and set it over medium-high heat to bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let your mixture simmer for almost 15 minutes.
Next, pour your mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth set in a large bowl. Allow your mixture to cool for 15-20 minutes. Then squeeze out the liquid from the cheesecloth and discard the pulp and skin.
Pour the liquid into the saucepan with sugar and lime juice over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. After this, your blueberry syrup will be ready.
Transfer the blueberry syrup to a heat proof container and cool it in the refrigerator. To serve, combine ¼ cup of the blueberry syrup with 8 fl. oz. of carbonated water and serve over ice. The last step is to enjoy your refreshing, homemade blueberry soda!
Can you Use Frozen Blueberries Instead of Fresh Berries?
Yes, blueberry soda can be made using frozen blueberries. However, when using frozen berries, it is best to thaw them first. Start by making the sugar syrup (i.e. dissolve sugar in water over heat) and then add the thawed blueberries. Cook the mixture for a few minutes until the blueberries turn completely soft.
How Long Does the Blueberry Syrup Last?
The homemade blueberry syrup can last up to one week in the fridge. However, if you wish to store it longer, it is best to freeze the syrup so it can last up to a month.
For convenience, you can freeze the syrup in smaller quantities so you can easily use it for making your blueberry soda instead of waiting for a larger block to be thawed repeatedly.
Why Is It Important to Mix The Carbonated Water Right Before Serving?
Carbonated water contains gas, which gives the soda its fizz. The longer you leave carbonated water out in the open, the more gas will be released. Once the gas is released, your drink will taste like water, not soda. To enjoy the fizzy effect of the soda, it is best to open the carbonated water right before serving.
What are the Side Effects of Blueberry Soda?
Despite the various benefits of blueberries, there can be some side effects, particularly when blueberries are consumed excessively in the form of soda.
Blueberries are blood thinners and blood sugar reducers. Drinking too much blueberry soda can drop your blue sugar level dangerously low and increase the risk of blood disorders. Blueberries also contain a compound called salicylate, which some people are allergic to.
This does not mean you can’t enjoy a delicious serving of blueberry soda. Drinking a moderate amount of blueberry soda is safe and refreshing during the summer heat.