Monday, May 17, 2010

DIY: Your Own Natural Soda

Lately we've been looking for a new alternative to our favorite cocktail mixer - Izze. We really enjoy the flavor, but I can't really justify the cost, so we're on a mission to find something new, that is both "healthy" and cheaper. Last week, I saw this fantastic DIY on Craft to make your own natural carbonated soda. And with summer right around the corner, it seems like an awesome alternative.

What You Need
  • 2L or other plastic bottle with cap
  • funnel
  • cheesecloth (optional)
  • food thermometer
  • brewer's yeast (don't use bread yeast!) - get online or from your local homebrew store (tell them you're making soda and they'll get you the right kind)
  • sweetener (for the yeast to eat, you can use honey, cane sugar, etc., about 6 tablespoons total)
  • water, tea, or juice
  • other flavors of your choice

Step By Step
Best to watch the video below.

The recipe in the video calls for green tea, honey, ginger and cut up strawberries, which is why you need the cheesecloth. Another recipe they suggest is to combine the juice of 3 grapefruits and sugar/honey water to make just under 2L of liquid (boil the water before you mix in the sugars), then drop in a handful each of frozen strawberries and pineapple. Blend and let cool, then strain into the bottle and add the yeast.

I'm not sure what recipe we'll try yet first, but all of it sounds great. Even a carbonated natural lemonade would be great!

[Via Craftzine]