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    Published on October 8th, 2011 | by Ruth

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    Sparkle Water With The Genesis Soda Stream

    In line with our re­cent­ly in­creased in­ter­est in spir­its, we were thrilled to try out the Gen­e­sis so­da stream- in­stant mix­ers of any type at your fin­ger­tips! Mak­ing wa­ter in­to so­da still kind of seems like mag­ic, event as an adult. You start with plain old wa­ter from the tap, and end up with some­thing sparkling and fes­tive.

    It was in­cred­i­bly sim­ple to put to­geth­er, and is easy to store. The 60-liter car­bon­a­tor fits nice­ly in­to a tube, then you get to for­get about it. Af­ter fill­ing the bot­tle with wa­ter, you screw it in, press the big but­ton on top a few times (un­til it makes a loud “buzz” sound that makes sev­er­al of us jump and squeak each time) and you have tasty car­bon­at­ed wa­ter. The bot­tles you fizz in are the same bot­tles you mix syrups in­to or screw the cap on­to for stor­age. The seal is great- it keeps the wa­ter or so­da fizzy well.

    We’ll ad­mit we used to be turned off by at-home so­da mak­ers be­cause the on­ly syrups read­i­ly avail­able were full of ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, some­thing we have a taste-aver­sion to. Try­ing out the “Sparkling Nat­u­rals” line elim­i­nat­ed that is­sue- we tried the co­la, the root beer and the black cur­rant/pear- all de­li­cious. The root beer was es­pe­cial­ly sat­is­fy­ing. We al­so en­joyed the My Wa­ter Fla­vor­ing Essence. Just a cou­ple drops pep up the sparkling wa­ter even more. A cou­ple of our staff don’t mind di­et so­da tastes, and en­joyed the di­et pink grape­fruit. It’s a love­ly pink col­or and (ahem) would be good with tequi­la.

    A few of us were ini­tial­ly put off by the price tag- avail­able on ama­zon for about $100 for the most ba­sic ver­sion, ask­ing, “How much will we save on so­da?” Think, though, about all of the 2 liter bot­tles of so­da lan­guish­ing flat and most­ly full in your fridge. We al­so don’t have to wor­ry about hav­ing stuff on hand- just pull out the So­da Stream and spritz. It’s al­so in­creased the amount of wa­ter we drink, so we like to think of it as a health in­vest­ment. For ex­tra feel-good points, you reuse the bot­tles, so re­duce your car­bon foot­print. Al­so, it’s just fun. Rec­om­mend­ed, high­ly.

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    The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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