Ontario summers are packed with fresh local fruit. Try something new with the fruit you find at your farmers’ market, and give soda a try! After your first batch, you’ll probably be hooked, and start experimenting with cool flavour combos (like strawberry-mint, or cherry-peach)!
“I’ll be honest with you, the first time I made this soda it exploded out of the bottle and all over my friends (it still tasted delicious, just in case anyone was wondering). I have since learned that the amount of time you allow the yeast to be active is very important. Give it no more than twelve hours, and then stash it away in the fridge. The only ingredient here that most won’t have heard of is dry Champagne yeast. The good news is that not only can this yeast be found at any brew shop (wine, or beer), but it also costs next to nothing for a package that’s five times the amount needed for a small batch of soda. Win!” — Anna Fischer, Feast ON Communications Coordinator
- Ontario cherries
- Brown sugar (to taste)
- Dry Champagne yeast 1/8 tsp
- Macerate the cherries in a food processor (or by hand), then place in a deep saucepan and stir over low heat to extract all of the juice.
- Let cool.
- Using cheesecloth, strain the juice from the cherries (set aside the spent cherries, these make a great addition to a bowl of ice-cream!).
- Add sugar to the cherry juice, and stir again over low heat, creating a syrup.
- Let cool.
- Pour carefully into a 2L bottle.
- Consider adding in other flavours (like lemon or lime).
- Add the yeast, close the bottle, and let sit undisturbed in a cool dark place for no more than 12 hours.
- Chill, and enjoy!
- Feel free to experiment with your favourite fruity flavours, but keep in mind that the more sugar you use, the more quickly the soda should be refrigerated. Refrigeration stops the yeast in their tracks, and keeps your soda bottles from exploding!
- Pro-tip: Plastic bottles are best, because you can see them expand if the soda becomes over-carbonated. If you're using glass bottles, which I do from time to time, save a single bottle of soda in a small plastic bottle. Watch the plastic bottle for signs of strain, so that you'll know when the soda is ready to be refrigerated.
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