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Gourmet Soda Pop Drinks DIY

Updated on March 23, 2016
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Delicious Soda Pop Recipes

Unleash your creativity! Save your pocket book!

Basic Soda Pop Recipe Using Teas as Flavorings

4 C. filtered water

¼ C. sugar (this may not be enough sugar for kids....it is for adults, though!)

1 pinch of champagne yeast

4 teabags

Instructions on Basic Soda Pop Recipe

Brew the teabags in 3 ½ C. of the water

Leave tea bags in the water unless the tea is especially strong

Let brewed tea sit until it is room temperature

Remove tea bags

Warm ½ C. water and add a generous pinch of the champagne yeast

Let the yeast ‘bloom’ for about 5 minutes

Add the brewed (but now room temperature) tea and the ½ C. of bloomed yeast water together

Place in an air tight screw top jar (tightly closed)

Sit on the counter in a darker place for 4 days

(Temperature may be as high as 70°)

After 4 days place the jars in the back of the refrigerator for another 4 days

That's it!


May be kept longer in the refrigerator

May be enjoyed full strength or mixed with soda water. I suspect it would be good mixed with milk too. Oh, the possibilities!

You may double this recipe if needed. Just keep the proportions the same!

These make excellent gifts for Christmas, housewarmings, and novel potluck additions. One other bonus is that these pops taste highly superior to the current commercially sold pops. The taste reminds me of the taste of pop when I was a kid. (That is when they used real cane sugar!)

(Almost) Everything About Soda Pop DIY

Soda Pop is so ubiquitous today. There isn't a grocery store or a restaurant that doesn't offer at least the basic cola drinks and white soda drinks. We know how much we like them and we know that drinking too much of both the sugared and sugar-substitute pop is not good for us.

So, it makes sense to learn how to make our own and control the ingredients that go into the drinks. It is also extremely inexpensive to make your own! Now days every little dime and quarter does add up to more money in your pocket!

For the past couple of Christmas seasons the local super markets have carried a Cranberry Soda Pop that we like. The market only has a few liters at a time. Therefore, you could not depend on the drink being readily available. That is the how and why of my exploring the way to make sodas at home. Please see below for a link to making Cranberry Soda Pop.

Once I learned the method of making pop I did create my own recipe for Cranberry Soda Pop and then I decided that some of my other favorite flavors would make good tasting soda pop too.

I also discovered that the local make-it-yourself wine shops had not only the champagne yeast but many types of flavorings. I purchased cola flavorings, crème soda flavoring, and cherry soda flavoring.

Champagne yeast is a milder yeast and makes a much better flavored drink. The taste of the yeast does not interfere with or overpower the soda flavor. I highly recommend using Champagne yeast over regular grocery store yeast.

Before I give you my basic soda pop recipe, you should know that I make a more grown-up soda pop that may not be sweet enough for some taste buds. I up the sugar content to about 1/3 C. sugar to 4 C. water if I want to make a sweeter pop. Children expect a sweeter pop.

One other method of increasing the sweetness of the pop would be to add some simple syrup to the mixture after it is finished. Add the simple syrup by the teaspoon or tablespoons until you have achieved your desired sweetness flavor.

Also, you MUST add the sugar as the yeast needs the sugar in order to work.

This is the basic method of making soda pops and some ideas of the flavors that you may make.

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    • ktrapp profile image

      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the answer to my yeast question. I now see you also have a link the champagne yeast on Amazon.

    • Healthy Fat Guy profile image

      Healthy Fat Guy 

      6 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

      This looks very interesting, tasty also. It also looks like a good way to consume soda... in the way it was originally intended...as a treat...something special.

      Rather than just grabbing a 2 liter of generic cola every time we get thirsty.

    • NMLady profile imageAUTHOR

      NMLady 

      6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Unfortunately, you have to go to a wine making store or buy champagne yeast on line. I have never found it at the regular stores.

      Thanks for the nice comment and the vote up!

    • ktrapp profile image

      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      This soda looks so fun to make! It must be exciting to taste it after 8 days of anticipation. I have never heard of champagne yeast. Is that readily available in grocery stores?

      ~ voted up and awesome ~

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