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. this looks so damn good. i don’t even like soda OR grapefruit that much but the way you’ve photographed this makes it look irresistible!

  2. This rocks, and I’m so trying it. I avoid all but natural sugars anymore for health reasons, and sodas are long cut from my diet. I love La Croix and Lime Perrier, but I wish there was just a tad more sweet to them.

  3. I’m so sick of lemon water, but I also need to stay away from my true love in life; Diet Coke…I will be making this for sure!

  4. I drank a LOT of soda growing up. A LOT. I did end up switching to diet coke in 2005-2006ish, but just last year, I gave up the habit. I think I’ve had a soda twice in the past year!

    Your grapefruit soda sounds spectacular. I may need to make this sometime soon!

    1. The Diet Coke switch is so funny. It’s like some signal goes off in a woman’s brain and it’s officially “time” to be a Diet Coke drinker.

  5. Yum, this sounds so great! My parents never had soda around either when I was growing up, so when I could have some it was such a novelty! I agree though, it has kinda worn off 🙂 I don’t drink it that much now, but this sounds so refreshing! Great pics!

  6. This sounds amazing! I don’t drink soda very often either, and though it is kind of a novelty for me when I do drink it, I never like it that much. This sounds so refreshing!

  7. It sounds lovely! I have a bad soda habit. However, I’ve given it up for Lent, and hopefully beyond. I don’t think seltzer counts as soda, though, so I can try this before Easter!

    1. Seltzer definitely doesn’t count! If you want to be sugar-free, you can even just use the juices and I’m sure it’d be delicious!