Homemade European Fanta

Homemade European Fanta

Vijaya Selvaraju

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Not all Fanta is created equal, and this homemade version uses fresh orange juice and zest.

Homemade European Fanta


  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon citric acid

  • Club soda


  1. In a saucepan, add zest and juice of oranges, water, sugar and citric acid and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by one-third of its volume.

  2. Let cool. Fill 1/4 of a glass with syrup and top with cold club soda. Stir, add ice, and enjoy. Store remainder in the fridge.





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- So here's the thing about soda: If I were to get Fanta in North America and compare it to Fanta in Europe, they're two completely different beasts and when I went to Europe for the very first time several years ago, I fell in love with European Fanta. It's fresh, it's zippy, it's so delicious. I'm gonna show you how to make it. Making soda at home is so simple and the result is even more delicious than what you can get at the store. So I'm starting off with a little bit of water. And a ton of sugar, cause we're making a syrup, but that sugar's gonna go a long way. And this is my secret ingredient and it's what a lot of pop companies use to flavor their soda to make it a little bit on the tangy side and it's citric acid and you can get this at the bulk food store and it's just gonna add a little bit of zip and a little bit of citrusy note to our soda mix. And of course because we're making Fanta, we need oranges. And I love European Fanta because it has a super fresh flavor to it and we're gonna accomplish that through the zest of the orange. So the key to zesting an orange is to always keep it moving, cause you don't wanna get any of that white, pithy interior which can be really bitter. Alright, and so there's so much zest left on the back of the mircoplane, you just wanna tap it out and that way you get all of it off of it and into the pot, which is so important because you want all that flavor, right? Now, juice of the oranges as well. And all of the juice, so give it a nice squeeze. Alright. That part's done . And now I'm just gonna turn it up to about medium, medium high heat and we're gonna let this simmer until it reduces to about a third of its volume and it's gonna become lovely and thick and syrupy. And just look at that. It's reduced down beautifully. It's nice and glossy and thick. And I'm just gonna turn off the heat and transfer it to a little bowl. And look at that color, it's so intense. And now I'm just gonna leave this on the counter, let it come to room temperature. You can also pop it in the fridge if you're in a rush and then we'll be ready to make our soda. The syrup has had a chance to cool down and now it's time to assemble the soda. So I'm just gonna fill my glass about a quarter of the way up. And then you're just gonna take some everyday club soda. I love the sound. I love, love, love that sound. And you're gonna fill it up a little bit, just to dilute the syrup a little bit. Give it a nice stir. And then you can just slowly top it off. And it is gonna foam up just a bit. And that looks so good. And I love that there's still little specks of that orange zest in there. Put a little bit of ice to chill things up. And now we'll give it a taste. Look at that, homemade soda. It's so good. I can't even... I can't even explain it. It's super orangy. That little touch of citric acid brings out just the right amount of tang, but it's really, really fresh tasting and totally reminds me of my time in Europe. European Fanta.

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