Reader Lee writes:
Hi Joe. I’m not sure if you’re done with this terrific bubbly side-trip, but if you aren’t, can you think of any way to make something that tastes like San Pellegrino at home? I spend a fortune on the stuff, and then there is the whole issue of shipping heavy boxes of water all the way from Italy, which is a bit problematic, carbon-footprint-wise. I know a bunch of hip urban restaurants have started to make their own — artisanal water!! — but I have no idea how.
Nice to have you back on the scene reader Lee! That’s a very interesting question, as it’s true that you can get the bubbles of mineral water with a seltzer bottle or SodaStream, but not the flavor. To achieve that flavor you need to manually add the mineral salts that naturally occur in the various waters. Happily, over at Khymos, Martin Lersch has developed some ingenious recipes for several different popular brands of mineral water, one of them being San Pellegrino. The salts may not be easy to come by, but once you acquire them in quantity you’ll probably be set for life. Let me know how the project goes, reader Lee!