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Gingerale!

August 24, 2010

I never really thought about soda as being something you can make at home.  But when a confluence of signs made it clear that I should definitely try this, I was surprised by how easy it is to actually make gingerale from scratch!

Equipment:

1 clean 2-Litre pop bottle (or as folks like me from out East call them – Torpedo bottles!)

Microplane or fine grater

Funnel

Ingredients:

2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger

1 cup of sugar (seriously!)

Juice of 1 lemon (I used the bottled stuff – 3 tbsp equals 1 lemon according to the bottle)

1/4 tsp of baker’s instant yeast

cool water (called for filtered, I used tap water and crossed my fingers)

Step 1

Instructions:

  1. Put the funnel into the empty pop bottle, poor sugar, yeast, and grated ginger into the bottle.
  2. Add some water, swish, then add more water until nearly full (leave 1 inch of “head room”, or fill until bottle start to narrow again).
  3. Cap tightly, swish to dissolve sugar.
  4. Leave at room temperatures for 48 hours.  The bottle will get quite hard as the pressure builds.  Swish gently once or twice a day to ensure residue gets mixed in (there will be “pulp” like stuff that stays in the bottom of the bottle)
  5. Put in fridge to cool down.
  6. When ready to drink, very slowly open cap, let it vent if needed.  It may be smart to do this outside, in your sink or bath tub!
  7. Poor (you can strain this into glasses, as I have).

Step 3

Step 4

Step 7!

It’s hard to describe the taste of the gingerale – it’s subtle but then again the ginger flavour is much stronger than conventional soda.

In future batches, I would definitely reduce the sugar, and/or add more ginger.

I am sold on homemade pop – I can foresee a mojito-inspired version in my future with lime and mint!

Resource: Crumpets & Cupcakes Website

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 2:26 pm

    Odd thought…. Sodastream? OK, that might not be “artisanal” but actually cheating… But… But! 😀

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