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Hey friends, I want to try to make a "custom" sweet beverage for a friend. I basically want it to be a carbonated drink with pink coloring, but with a sweet flavor that would throw off expectations of a drink that would be pink, though I don’t have an idea of what exactly yet.

Anybody would have any idea about how I’d go making that? I thought about just mixing seltzer water, pink food coloring and artificial flavoring but idk if it would be that easy

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions! I didn’t reply right away because I needed to go to sleep, but I’ve read all of them

Need help making a drink 

@Siph a little cider vinegar might work? not sure... at least as an ingredient with other things perhaps

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@pfx oooh, that’s a nice idea

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@Siph you mean like a pink drink that doesnt have a pink taste? seltzer water with pink lemonade would be fast and easy. muddle some mint leaves into it for extra fancy pants points or add edible luster dust to make it look magical.

i've read that american lemonade isnt the same as lemonade in other countries tho, so if you're not sure what that is/ how to get it, i can explain.

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@Siph other random combinations off the top of my head:

grapefruit juice with grapefruit seltzer water, tiny bit of grenadine to make it sweet and pink or just food dye.

orange juice + grenadine. basically a liquor free tequila sunrise. the grenadine sinks to the bottom and makes an ombre effect of orange to red which fades to pink when you stir it.

liquor free shirley temple, sprite (or other clear lemon lime pop) + grenadine.

baby bellini. peach puree, seltzer water (or clear soda), grenadine for color or food dye.

purple grape juice with seltzer water. adjust as necessary for pinkness.

if you want to put in a lot of effort, butterfly pea flower syrup. it starts purple and turns pink when you add something acidic like lemon or orange juice. to make the syrup you brew the tea strong, add equal parts of sugar and boil together until the sugar dissolves. cool it, pour over ice, pour lemonade or squeeze lemon juice into it to turn it pink. (this will turn dark blue to navy if you add honey to it)

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@Siph pink lemonade concentrate with something fizzy like you were saying, maybe one of the lemon or lime carbonated hansens or something

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@Siph This is going to sound odd, but red cabbage is excellent at coloring things pink, especially acidic things like seltzer. I would say adding a bit of that, some light-colored fruit juices, and maybe a little sugar could provide an interesting and vaguely healthy beverage.

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@Siph i would use peach/apricot/mango flavors, as I do not associate them at all with pink color

You can easily make syrup of them by boiling some in water with sugar (and you can even eat the cooked fruits or make pastries with them!), then you can use the syrup in you drink c:

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@Siph I'd consider using beet juice for the food coloring, and maybe for the flavor in general since that'd be pretty surprising in a soda.

Natural flavor extracts tend to be transparent or otherwise not very colorful, and citric acid (which you'll want to add for flavor) won't change the color either.

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@Siph I'm not sure what flavor is expected from pink, but as lose suggestions elderflower syrup is mostly colorless so one could use it with can't coloring agent, and hibiscus tea can be pink in the right proportions.

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@Siph "can't coloring agent" ----[despellcheck]---> "any coloring agent"

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@Siph you'd need to add sweetener to that mix too but otherwise that should work

the sweetener could be just sugar, or it could be some lightly colored juice like grape juice or apple juice
-F

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@Siph it really is that easy, though what flavor contrasts with the pink the best is harder... you can pick up soda stream ginger ale maybe? Pineapple?

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