Guilt Free Homemade Diet Soda

I have found the perfect diet soda! And it is homemade diet soda.

I just discovered this combo in the last week or so and I am decidedly pleased with it.

I even busted out my DSLR to photograph this lovely healthy diet soda. Without further ado, here is my stevia-sweetened diet soda recipe…

Homemade Diet Soda Recipe

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 can of seltzer water
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • stevia*, to taste – approximately 1 packet (or equivalent)


  1. Mix lemon juice and stevia.
  2. Add seltzer.
  3. Drink!

I know that (normal) diet soda is “bad for you”, but I do indulge in it occasionally. Unfortunately it has been giving me problems recently – within a few minutes after having anything with aspartame/sucralose I get a splitting headache. (Including gum.) I was very excited to discover this prudent and slightly more healthful alternative to my normal Coke Zero treats. My other option was Zevia (a brand of stevia-sweetened diet soda) but since it’s pricey I don’t stock up on it. Seltzer is cheap.

Do you drink diet soda? Do you like stevia? Have you tried Zevia or making your own homemade diet soda?

*Note: I’m still using the NuNaturals stevia products and I am so happy with all of them. When I run out I will definitely be ordering more.

14 Comments on Guilt Free Homemade Diet Soda

  1. carin
    28 April, 2011 at 11:32 pm (6 years ago)

    i’ll have to try this! looks good. i have mostly given up diet soda, but every once in awhile the siren song of diet dr. pepper gets me (especially if it’s cherry…) great idea!

    • Maggie
      1 May, 2011 at 11:21 pm (6 years ago)

      @carin: same! I love diet dr. pepper… the cherry vanilla is especially seductive.

  2. Kath (My Funny Little Life)
    29 April, 2011 at 9:00 am (6 years ago)

    I somtimes make lemonade like this at home! I don’t use stevia, though, because it isn’t sold in Germany, but another aspartame-free sweetener.

    • Maggie
      17 May, 2011 at 3:40 pm (6 years ago)

      @Kath: I am going to France next month (2.5 weeks!)… maybe I can bring along some stevia and mail it to you if you want!

      • Kath (My Funny Little Life)
        17 May, 2011 at 4:13 pm (6 years ago)

        Wow, you’ll be quite close to me then! 😀 Thank you so much for thinking of me, I appreciate this a lot! 🙂 Anyway, I just saw that I can order stevia on Amazon (.de) – regular shops and supermarkets may not have it, but Amazon does! 😀 So please don’t stress because of me! 🙂

  3. Mimi (Gingersnaps)
    29 April, 2011 at 2:38 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks lovely!

    You know that powdered Liptons iced tea? I used to mix it with stevia and seltzer water. It was yummy.

    Stevia rocks…as long as it’s the specific brands I like. Some are gross.

    I try not to drink too much diet soda ($$$), but I do like it. Regular soda makes my teeth hurt when I think about it. And I don’t care if it’s “natural cane sugar” either.

    • Maggie
      1 May, 2011 at 11:23 pm (6 years ago)

      @Mimi: Yeah, NuNaturals is my favorite so far. I do not like the TJ’s one at all!

  4. Joy
    30 April, 2011 at 11:29 am (6 years ago)

    I love diet soda and I make home made lemonade all the time never thought to combine the two!
    Where do you get that lemon juice?

    • Maggie
      1 May, 2011 at 11:23 pm (6 years ago)

      @Joy: I got it at Whole Foods but I have also seen it at some other local natural food stores (Health Nuts, for example).

  5. whitney
    1 May, 2011 at 11:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, I drink diet soda all the time. I am so addicted. Thanks for sharing this idea. Maybe it will help me.

    • Maggie
      1 May, 2011 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

      @whitney: definitely try it! Let me know if you like it 🙂

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