[recipe] Sometimes you just need a lil’ fizz, right? No soda = no problem! Who needs all the high fructose corn syrup and icky additives? You can get your fizzy-fix with any of the delicious LaCroix varieties just on it’s own straight from the fridge. But if you’re wanting to treat yourself to something really special, try this treat! You’ll need a can of LaCroix, a coconut milk ice cube or two, and liquid Stevia Sweet Drops. It’s important to note that Stevia isn’t an artificial sweetener! It’s a plant! There’s about a billion and one reasons you want to stay far, far away from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, msg, sucralose and the like. However, we’ll save that for another post. Still, some people may be sensitive to it, so consider trying out a few drops here and there before going crazy, ‘k? If you are in the first months of an AIP elimination diet, I might hold off a while. But then again, you might be fine. You’re call.) Stevia Liquid Sweet Drops come in a variety of flavors including Vanilla Creme (my favorite because it’s so versatile), Cola, Chocolate, Root Beer, and Lemon just to name a few. Add the variety of LaCroix flavors and you’ve got a mix-and-match flavor fest! Here are some pretty awesome combos to try: ~Orange LaCroix with Chocolate Sweet Drops ~Cerise Limón (cherry lime) LaCroix with Cola Sweet Drops ~Plain LaCroix with Peppermint Sweet Drops ~Cran-Raspberry LaCroix with English Toffee Sweet Drops ~Piña Fraise (pineapple strawberry) with Orange Sweet Drops ~Pamplemousse (Grapefruit) with Vanilla Creme Stevia Sweet Drops* ~Apricot LaCroix with Vanilla Creme Sweet Drops* ~Peach-Pear LaCroix with Original Sweet Drops* ~Lime LaCroix with Vanilla Creme Sweet Drops* (*The are combinations I enjoy. The others are on my to-try list.) If you are new to Sweet Drops, be forewarned: they.are.sweet. It will take you aback so don’t add 30 drops thinking you’re gonna get more of a sugary soda quick with more drops…no, it’ll be too much. Start with 2 or 3. Stevia can sometimes have a bitter aftertaste. If you bake with it, it’s always a good idea to add a little bit of salt to take off the edge. I honestly detect no bitterness when adding it to my beverages. I enjoy using the English Toffee flavor in my cinnamon herbal tea. Okay, so here’s where the magic happens. Once you add your drops to your LaCroix, plop in a coconut milk ice cube. The fizzing will begin! It is a glorious sight! You can easily make your own coconut ice cubes using a can of coconut milk and silicone ice cube trays. I keep my coconut ice cubes to use in morning smoothies, warm herbal tea and in cooking when you need just a bit of coconut milk to thicken a sauce or whatnot. My son likes eats these as a bedtime snack. He begs for them. I know; we’re oh-so-strange. 🙂 BUT, I love the fact that I’m sending him off to bed with spoonfuls of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s) that’ll keep his blood sugar stable on through the night. Related post: Coconut Milk 101 Even if you don’t really care about the benefits of coconut milk (Gasp! Can we even be friends?? JK!), you’ll still enjoy this fizzy treat. How many combos can you come up with? Let me know if you try the chocolate flavor! I’ve always wondered if it really tasted like chocolate or just a vague sweetness.