Last week we shared two instructional posts on how to make flavored syrups. In the first post, we wrote a post on making a rhubarb simple syrup (complete with a Rhubarb Mojito recipe that is to die for). In the second post, we discussed shrub syrups, the original simple syrups.
All of this back-to-the-basics blogging got us to thinking… what about soda? Go to just about any high-end, speakeasy style bar these days and you’ll find that the mixologists usually make their own soda, simple syrups, and more, including botanical liqueurs and bitters. (Which reminds us, check out this post on how to make your own bitters.)
Soda is one of the easiest beverage ingredients you can make. If you love to make gourmet beverages, try one – or all – of these four methods for making your own soda. They’re organized from easiest and most convenient to hardest and… most dangerous!
#1 Flavor Seltzer Water
Of course, the easiest way to “make” your own soda is to just buy seltzer water (carbonated water with no flavoring) and flavor it yourself. You can muddle candied ginger into the seltzer water, add spices and herbs, or anything else you might imagine. We’ve found some great recipes online, but we’d encourage you to use your own creativity!
#2 Use a Carbonation Machine
There have been some great consumer carbonation machines to come onto the market in the last few years. With these machines, making gourmet-quality sodas is easy, clean, and safe (seriously, just wait until we tell you about option four). All of these machines use little CO2 (carbon dioxide) canisters that you inject into the water, thereby carbonating it.
Root beer, ginger beer, and other non-alcoholic “beers” used to be made the old-fashioned way: fermentation. Many of the modern gourmet “brewers” of these beverages continue to make their sodas this way. It’s actually not that hard to do. It just requires a little patience and planning ahead! You can use champagne yeast or some other similar yeast to get the fermentation process going.
#4 Dry Ice Carbonation
Disclaimer: do not try this method. Dry ice can also be used for carbonating. By adding a small amount to a closed container of un-carbonated soda, you can get a delightfully carbonated beverage. Or, you could also end up with an exploded bottle in your kitchen (which is why we strongly advise against this method).
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