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Homemade Soda From Scratch

Soda isn’t typically something I have on a regular basis.  It’s something I enjoy as a treat.  To further elevate this indulgence, I like to take it a step further and customize my drink by making my own.  Homemade soda is a fun little project, especially if you have children.  It’s simple and delicious, with most of it being inactive time, waiting for your drink to get fizzy and full of bubbles all on its own.

 

 

 

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Homemade Soda From Scratch
 
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Serves: 1 Jug
Ingredients
  • 2-3 tb orange zest {plus 1 tb soda extract for stronger flavor}
  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c water
  • ⅛ ts champagne yeast*
  • ¼ c orange juice
  • 7 c water
  • *For cream soda, add vanilla and/or cream.
Instructions
  1. In a pot, combine the zest, sugar, and ½ c water. Simmer on low for 2 hours. Then strain/cool slightly.
  2. In a clean bpa-free jug {glass or plastic but plastic is easier to gauge} fill with the champagne yeast, orange juice, 7 cups of water, and the slightly cooled sugar syrup. The warmth from it will activate the yeast.
  3. Gently {not vigorously} shake the jug to mix the ingredients unless you want this to happen : {video scene at 2 minutes 41 seconds}.
  4. Leave the jug at room temperature for 12-48 hours. Lightly squeeze against the {plastic} bottle to test. If it's firm, it's ready and may need a quick open to "breathe."
  5. Chill and serve. You may strain out the yeast if desired {it's completely edible}. If there's any left, remember to open the jug each day to allow it to "breathe" or the video scene I mentioned above can happen again. Too much handling or warmer temperatures can build up pressure inside of your jug and create a fun, albeit a very sticky soda explosion.
Notes
*Champagne yeast yields the best flavor but bread yeast will do in a pinch. It will just take on a stronger taste {some find unpleasant}. You may also use brewers yeast.
As with most fermented drinks, it will have a naturally occurring alcohol content by volume of <1% if this is something that concerns you, you can simply combine the syrup with sparkling water instead.

I found my champagne yeast here: http://amzn.to/1DriMTU

Love,

Your Squishy Monster

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