How do I make amazing natural sodas at home?
Simply mix our syrups with soda / sparkling water over ice and add a garnish if you're feeling fancy. We usually mix them 1 part syrup to 5 parts soda or sparkling water eg. 30mL syrup 150mL water but you can make them stronger or weaker, it's up to you.
What are some healthier soda options?
Our syrups are made with real ingredients, from plants. We use Fair Trade Organic cane sugar to accentuate the flavours rather than artificial sweeteners and they are all lower sugar than leading soda brands. Using our syrups you can also make them to your taste, use half the syrup for a less sweet option.
Where are your syrups made? How did the business start?
Our syrups are made by hand by our small team in our factory in the centre of Wellington, in New Zealand. Six Barrel Soda Co. was started by childhood friends Joe and Mike, back in 2012. They ran a bar at the time and couldn't find the quality soda syrups in great flavours they needed, so decided to make them themselves. Now Six Barrel drinks are served in cafes and bars across New Zealand, Australia and around the world, and mixed up at home by soda fans looking for something a little different.
How many drinks does each bottle make?
We get around 15 tall glasses of drink from each 500mL bottle of soda syrup (though according to the FDA and their giant soda sizes, it makes 8!).
The above outlines recipes for classic sodas. That being said it's very common to use these syrups to lightly flavor your sparkling water.
What do I use the syrup for?
Our syrups are designed to be used to make sodas, cocktails and mocktails. They take the work out of mixing drinks - We put all the good stuff into syrup-form, so you can make amazing drinks with only a few ingredients. Just mix them with soda water and some garnish and - voila! - a beautiful natural soda. Add some booze and - congratulations! - you're a cocktail bartender.
Can I use this in cocktails?
Dang right you can! Our syrups are perfect for making cocktails – we cram all the ingredients and flavors into the syrup, which means it's really simple and easy to make flavorful cocktails with really simple ingredients.
What amount of syrup do I use?
We recommend using approx. 35mL of syrup for a tall glass of soda, which is around a shot glass worth of syrup. The ratio is around 5 parts water to 1 part syrup. You can measure to taste though – some people like it sweeter, and others prefer more subtle flavours. Feel free to get experimental!
How long will my syrup last?
Our syrups will keep for 18 months un-opened and kept in a cool dark place at room temperature (check the best before date on the bottom of the bottle). Once opened, they’ll last a few months, and they must be kept in the fridge.
What kind of sugar do you use?
We use raw cane sugar. It's organic Fair Trade cane sugar, that we source from an organic farmer-owned sugar co-operative called Manduvira in Paraguay, via Trade Aid. The co-operative is Fair Trade certified, which means they receive a premium price per tonne, and they use the premium to fund awesome community projects like medical centres, dentists, school materials and organic vegetables. Pretty cool, huh!
Do you do sugar-free syrups?
Our sodas all have a bit of sugar in them, but they do have up to 30% less sugar than most sodas or soft drinks. The sugar content of each flavour varies a bit, depending on the sweetness of the natural fruits used in each flavour. We don't use anything artificial or nasty in our drinks, we think it's better to keep it simple and just use a bit less of the good stuff.
Do you use corn syrup?
Definitely not. The only sweetener in our drinks is real organic Fair Trade cane sugar. We don't use anything artificial or nasty in our drinks (like stevia or corn syrup - urgh), we think it's better to keep it simple and just use a bit less of the real stuff.
What's in your syrups?
We use all real ingredients - this means filtered water, fresh fruit, juice and zest, organic spices and flowers, organic raw cane sugar, real herbs and spices. We don't use any concentrates, chemicals or preservatives at all. We use a little citric acid to help preserve the syrup, but that’s it. The ingredients in each drink are all listed on the bottle – we ain't got nothing to hide!
Are your syrups vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian?
For sure - our syrups are vegan, gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians. We use a natural, gluten-free certified malt extract for colouring. There is also a very small amount of naturally occurring caffeine from the kola nut in Cola Six, but no added caffeine. (2) Lemon Honey Ginger is not suitable for vegans, as it contains honey.
How are your syrups made?
Our syrups are made by hand by our small team in our factory in central Wellington, in New Zealand. We make our syrups in large pots over a cooker, just like you’d make at home but a larger scale. We are an independent company, owned by our founders Joe and Mike, and we pay our awesome small team a living wage.