I never attained the coveted title of Modern Drunkard. While I'm no tee-totaller, my alcohol consumption isn't anywhere near the level it was in the first instalment all those years ago. Having a wife, child, and responsibilities other than the mortgage will do that.
This will probably never change. Having said that, I do enjoy a tipple every now and again, whenever friends stop by. My liquor cabinet is still in dire need of a refresh, but I'm slowly working on it.
I never did find a reliable local source for soda bulbs (I won't support Amazon). A moot point, as my soda siphon has disappeared! Not long after writing Where Everybody Knows Your Name, I set out to find my siphon, but it was nowhere to be found. It probably disappeared when we moved.
I thought about buying an antique soda siphon/seltzer bottle, but the really neat ones are expensive and likely no longer food-safe. Great for decorative purposes, but not much else. Rather than spend time looking for a modern replica or retro-styled siphon, I went another route.
We bought a Sodastream.
Campari and... Sodastream?!
Canadian Tire had the Sodastream Source on sale for 50% off back in June, so I jumped at the chance to buy something I never thought I'd buy. I'd been meaning to try my hand at making Italian Sodas for a long time, so we bought the Sodastream along with three flavouring syrups. Cutting down on the amount of plastic pop bottles we used was an added bonus.
If you're ever thinking about buying a Sodastream to make pop, listen to me now: It's a lot of work, and takes a lot of practice to get the ratios just right (CO² to water, syrup to carbonated water), and even then you're not likely to produce anything remotely close to the quality of No-Name pop. Store-brand, even. If you're just in it to make cheap pop, don't! Unless you drink a truly massive amount of pop, the Sodastream is not a cheaper option over time. Stick to the store brand pop and buy 'em when they're on sale for two-for-a-buck. If you're in it to cut down on plastic use, well, godspeed to you.
For my purposes, though, I like the thing. It's great for making seltzer water that's every bit as good as my old soda siphon, and I don't have to hunt for those fucking bulbs locally. The fresh suds make for a zippy Campari & Soda, and I'm really looking forward to mixing long drinks without having to worry about flat soda.
Now, if you'll excuse me, the ice is melting and my drink is getting watered down. Join me Friday for our Musical Interlude. Until then, stay lubricated and stay sane.