I’ve received a lot of requests for more cultured soda recipes. That’s right. I said more. Check out my Easy Peasy Pomegranate Soda, my Apple Ginger Soda and a sweet favorite of mine, Old Fashioned Root Beer.
To me, cultured strawberry soda says sparkling, sweet fun! It makes me want to wear tube socks, short shorts and go roller-skating.
This is such a delicious, crisp drink, many who’ve enjoyed it cannot believe it's organic and full of beneficial bacteria and hydrating electrolytes.
Kids of all ages love this drink. It also makes a fun mixer for grown-up drinks, and the beneficial bacteria help to buffer the effect of alcohol on the liver. Any way you choose to enjoy it, this cultured strawberry soda is so darn good.
Cultured strawberry soda ingredients
- 1/2 gallon filtered water – find great water filters for ever budget here
- 1 lb. strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- 1 cup ginger bug – learn to make a ginger bug here
- 1-1 ½ cups dehydrated cane juice or sucanat *
*Tasting the ‘wort' will not demonstrate how your final product soda will taste. The wort will always taste sweeter. So, try it with this recipe 1 1/2 cup, and if the final soda is too sweet, you can decrease by as much as a 1 cup next time.
How to make cultured strawberry soda
- Make a wort**: Place strawberries in cheesecloth or tea towel tied closed with cooking twine. Add water to a heavy bottomed pot and suspend sachet in water by tying twine to pot handle. Bring water to simmer and cover for 20 minutes. Add sugar and stir to dissolve completely. Remove from stove and leave the pot covered for 30 minutes. Remove the strawberry sachet and discard.
- When your strawberry wort has cooled to room temperature (approx. 75°F), add the ginger bug liquid (straining out the pieces of ginger) to your wort and decant into bottles. (I like to use old apple cider vinegar bottles for fermenting this soda.)
- Place a tight lid on the bottles and allow them to ferment out of direct sunlight in a warm or room temperature spot in your home for approximately 2 days. If your home tends to be cool at night, consider getting a seedling heat mat – like this one. Watch for tiny bubbles rising to the top of the bottle and if you are unsure your soda is ready, give the lid a slight twist and listen for a gas release. If there is a hiss, it is ready.
- Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.
**A wort is the soda liquid before the addition of your culture starter of choice.
Yield: 2 quarts
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