Did you ever wish that you could enjoy your favorite soft drink without having to put up with all of the artificial colors, artificial flavors and things such as phosphoric acid that can damage your teeth? Well, you can. Long before we were hooked on buying pop in the supermarket, we used to make our own using natural ingredients such as fruit juices, yeast and water. Why not give it a go and see just how delicious and healthy it is? Here’s a simple recipe for grape soda to get you started.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to get some bottles so that you can put your soda into them. You may be tempted to get glass bottles, but it’s really better to use plastic ones. Once you make the soda, it will be under high pressure because of the yeast you’re going to put in it – this will produce fizzy carbon dioxide. If you use glass bottles, there’s a chance that these will explode and hurt you. However, you shouldn’t use old plastic bottles – these can be contaminated. Instead, buy plastic bottles @ eBottles.
Now, take 1/2 gallon of grape juice, 1/2 gallon of water and 3/4 of a cup of sugar, and put these all into a large stockpot. Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes, and then let it cool. Once it has reached room temperature, add 1/2 teaspoon of yeast – this can be either brewer’s yeast or champagne yeast. Let the mixture stand for 24 hours, and then get ready to bottle it.
At this point, you need to sterilize your plastic bottles. Unlike glass bottles, it’s not a good idea to try to do this with boiling water. Instead, put 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water, pour this into the bottles, and then leave them for 20 minutes. Then, rinse the bottles out thoroughly to get rid of any residual bleach.
The best way to bottle your grape soda is to pour it into the bottles using a funnel. Make sure that you leave at least 1 inch of room at the top of each bottle, so that there is room for the carbon dioxide to build up. Seal the bottles, and then store them in a warm place for 24 hours. After this, put the bottles in the refrigerator – this will stop the yeast fermenting. Leave the bottles in the refrigerator for a couple of days – and then get ready to taste the best grape soda that you have ever had. Just remember to drink your soda within about four weeks – otherwise it can go flat.
Of course, you don’t just have to stick to grape soda. There are lots of other great recipes online for things such as ginger ale, root beer and even orange pop. Try experimenting yourself – for instance, why not make an infusion of roses and substitute this for the grape juice? You’ll get a drink that tastes remarkably like Turkish delight.