I love carbonated water. I’ll drink much more water if it’s the carbonated variety and we all know we’re supposed to drink lots of water. But even though we recycle, I hated all the liter bottles of Poland Spring Sparkling Water we went through.
So I was ecstatic when I received the Sodastream Penguin Starter Kit for Christmas.
Best. Present. Ever. (Okay, not counting the Spring Rocking Horse I received when I was 2, but that’s another story.)
The Penguin comes with its own 20-ounce glass carafes, which is probably the biggest disappointment. I would have liked a bit more capacity in the bottles because we go through 20 ounces really fast. They have other models, like the Sodastream Pure Starter Kit which use BPA-free plastic 1-liter bottles (also supplied) at a lower cost. If I had to choose again, I think I may have gone with the cheaper Pure model, mainly because of the bottle capacity.
But, I’m still thrilled with the Penguin, and it’s super easy to make carbonated water with it: just unlock the chamber and it slides open. Insert the carafe, filled with cold water (we use tap water that is filtered through our refrigerator) and close and lock the chamber.
The CO2 cartridge is stored in the other half of the Penguin and will make about 60 liters of carbonated water. Using short, quick pumps on the “beak” of the Penguin, pump it until the Penguin whistles (it takes about 8 pumps for me). For extra fizziness, you can pump it until it whistles again. Press the button on the front to release the gas and then unlock the chamber (it won’t unlock until you press the button).
You can also purchase SodaMix flavor syrups to make your own soda (lemon-lime, root beer, diet cola, etc.), or if you prefer the unsweetened flavor essence, like I do, they have berry, lemon-lime and orange in a 3-pack. You only need about 1/4 teaspoon to add a hint of flavor to the water.
Voilà! Tasty sparkling water at a fraction of the cost!