Make Soda!

25 May

Did you know that with a small little packet of beer or champagne yeast, you can make your own soda out of basically any liquid?  It’s true!  All you need to do is create some kind of juice or tea mixture that contains sugar, make sure it’s room temperature, and pour it into an empty and clean two liter soda bottle.  Add 1/8 teaspoon of yeast and leave it alone for 24 hours.  This gives the yeast time to eat up the sugar and create carbonation.

For my first soda, I brewed just less than 1.5 of weak white tea, added about a cup of strawberries, and then mixed that with some basil simple syrup (made by heating and dissolving equal parts sugar and water with 1/2 cup of basil).  Once I let it sit for about an hour to let the flavors meld, I strained the mixture into a two liter bottle, added the 1/8 teaspoon of yeast, shook the bottle to dissolve the yeast, and let it sit for 24 hours.  After refrigerating it for a few more hours, I poured it over ice and drank!  Pretty delicious (and a great cocktail mixer).

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