We rarely had soda in our house growing up (or as we like to say in Southern Indiana, “Coke”). It just wasn’t something that was a pantry staple in my parents’ kitchen. Sure, we’d buy some two liters when company was coming over, but everyday beverages were limited to tea, water and milk. This made getting a soft drink from the gas station during a road trip a real treat. We’d be in the car pulled up to a gas pump and my Mama would turn around to the backseat and ask me if I wanted a Coke, and I remember always being so excited. And then paralyzed with indecision. So many flavorful, sugar-y choices at my disposal. It took me forever to decide.

The novelty of soda wore off when I hit high school, got my driver’s license and started making my own money. Suddenly, I could buy a soda whenever I wanted and thus began the standard country girl three-a-day Mountain Dew habit. I switched to Diet Coke in college, but the soft drink dependency still raged on. No longer was it a fun treat for road trips, but it was a necessity for daily life.

Once I started eating healthier, my daily soft drinks were replaced with water and I never looked back. Now that I’m a few years removed from a soft drink habit, I’ve gained back the novelty of it all. Buying a soda from the store now feels like a treat again! The one issue: those all-natural soft drinks are pricey as all get out. It’s hard to justify paying upwards of $2 for some flavoring and carbonated water. So, to the kitchen!

I love this refreshing soda because the sweetness level is totally customizable. I love sparkling flavored waters (like LaCroix) but sometimes I crave a little touch of sweetness, but often the natural sodas on the store shelves are sugar overkill for me. I can find a happy medium by making my own. Plus, this sucker has real fruit juice! Each serving of soda provides 100% of your RDA of Vitamin C and 35% of your Vitamin A. Soda that’s not just not bad for you, but is actually good for you? What a crazy thought!



Simple Grapefruit Soda

Simple Grapefruit Soda

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I love this refreshing soda because the sweetness level is totally customizable.


  • Juice of one pink grapefruit
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons agave or simple syrup (see note)
  • Ice
  • Seltzer water


  1. In a small bowl, combine grapefruit juice, lemon juice, salt, and agave or simple syrup.
  2. Fill two highball glasses with ice. Pour half of grapefruit mixture into each glass. Fill to top with seltzer water. Stir well.


NOTE: Blue agave is a great natural sweetener for this drink because it dissolves into cold liquid. However, it has a very distinctive flavor that some folks don't like. If you aren't a fan, use flavorless simple syrup instead. To make, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 148gFiber: 3gSugar: 136gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. I tried this tonight, I didn’t have a whole grapefruit, so I used Grapefruit Juice instead. All I have to say is YUMMY!!

  2. So seltzer water is naturally sugar-free and is the best to use as low cal fizzy part of drinks? Are there certain brands that are better?

  3. I just made it and it is wonderful! I ended up using the juice of one lemon on accident and it still turned out well!

  4. Cassie, I just made this and it is fabulous!!! I’m hooked after the first sip!!! Thanks for a great and refreshing recipe!!

  5. I love grapefruit juice! I am putting this stuff on my shopping list so I can make myself a soda this week!

  6. Oh this looks DIVINE! I love citrus beverages of all kinds.. been on a huge lemonade kick lately. But I may have to give this a try this weekend. Refreshing and yummy!

  7. It is so neat to read other people’s answers!

    I’m a total dork about soda. My mom is a doctor and my dad worked for CPS, doing home visits and stuff like that, and they ended up seeing a lot of really malnourished kids, or just kids that ate nothing but junk. So they never kept it in the house (my dad actually hates the sweetness of soda, and my mom drinks it very, very rarely) and asked other parents to not offer it to me, or drink it themselves rather nonchalantly. The result? I didn’t know soda existed until I was, like, seven. And the first time I ever tried it at some kid’s birthday part, I acted pretty much exactly like Grandpa Simpson, screaming and yelling “the bubbles are burning my tongue!!!!” And then puked all over myself. I was so uncool.

    Looking back I am SO glad I hate soda. I struggle with my body image, and I’m glad soda isn’t a vice I have to worry about! If I ever become a mom, I will have a no-soda-in-the-house rule too. 🙂 I hate even seltzer, but I can see this being delicious with ice and some fresh mint!