Conventional sodapop isn't the healthiest beverage option for you or for the planet. It's often full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and other mystery ingredients. Not to mention the empty can or plastic bottle that hits the bin when that drink is done. Over at CRAFT, Becky Stern shared an awesome demo on how to make your very own, all natural soda at home!
The project isn't terribly labor-intensive, but there's a bit of waiting involved. It might be best to tackle this one on a weekend, when you've got some time to let things steep and set. Here's the video on how to do it:
The honey, green tea, strawberries, and ginger combo that she chose sounds delicious! It might be fun to play with juice-sweetened teas, too, and cut out the added sweetener all together!
In the video, she uses an empty two-liter bottle. My instinct here is to use glass instead, but that might not be the best idea in this scenario. Since the bubbles come from the yeast producing CO2, pressure builds up in the container. Better to wait until you have an empty plastic bottle on hand than to risk a glass bottle exploding. Safety first!
Americans drink an average of 56 gallons of soda per person each year, so it shouldn't be too terribly hard to get your hands on a 2 liter that was headed for the landfill, even if you don't keep that sort of thing in your own kitchen.
For more details on the project, including a bonus recipe, head on over to CRAFT!
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