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Too sweet, funny flavor
on May 1, 2011
I specifically bought my Soda Stream in the hopes that I could make my own tonic water. I don't drink much soda pop, but do enjoy a gin and tonic. Tonic at the store is surprisingly expensive, and I always realize I'm out at the least convenient times (often while pouring the gin). I have long wished I could make my own tonic, but quinine isn't easy to get a hold of...
When I saw the Soda Stream product initially, I thought, "that would be nice for making tonic water," but the thought was followed by the concern that if they had tonic, it would be inauthentic (quinine might not be tasty, but it's past of the tonic. You can't make a proper gin & tonic with sparkling water!)
So, once I was able to confirm 1) that tonic was an option from Soda Stream, and 2) it contained quinine, I was pretty excited and bought the Soda Stream at my local store. I immediately ordered the tonic mixer from Amazon (since the samples included with the machine didn't include tonic).
I admit it, I was worried about the quinine and spend any time thinking about the other ingredients.
When it arrived, I set to work drinking g&ts. ;-) Unfortunately, after making several batches of tonic, I gave up. All attempts resulted in passable tonic water, but they all had a strange, sweet tinge (which, rereading the ingredients,I assume is caused by Splenda). I found the flavor distracting, and threw out the rest of the mix (And returned the machine.)
The Soda Stream system is easy to use, and I didn't have any trouble whipping up batches of tonic (or soda) but I just couldn't embrace the sweetness that came through, even when I decreased the amount of concentrate added to the water. If you are used to the taste of Splenda, it may not bother you but I don't like it. If they expand their selections someday, so Splenda-less versions are available, I may give them another try.