I’ve made sodas a few different ways in the past – some more successful (and less messy) than others. In this video I’ll go in detail over my favorite way to make sodas, as well as briefly mentioning two alternatives as well.
How to Make DIY Sodas
1. Puree and Reduce
- Puree the fruit you plan to use in your soda
- Add sugar to taste and reduce it to a thick syrup over heat
- Fine-strain to remove particles
- Add syrup and soda water to a glass and stir to combine. Add citrus juice and/or simple syrup to taste.
2. Fermenting Soda with Yeast
- First, design your soda without the bubbles, but make it sweeter than normal to leave some sugar for fermentation.
- Put the drink into a container that is safe! (As mentioned earlier, empty 2 Liter soda bottles are a good choice.)
- Add fermentation yeast – I used 1/8 tsp for each 2 Liter soda bottle.
- Let it ferment! Keep a close eye on it, and try to check it every 6 hours. When the soda bottle is firm and you can hardly dent by squeezing it, the soda is done.
- Immediately put it in the fridge to stop the fermentation. (Don’t wait until the next morning – that’s how ours exploded!)
3. Juice, Strain and Carbonate
I have been doing this for most of my juices and I’ll say, it works but I made a huge mess! This is the SodaStream that I used in the video (and have abused dozens of times well beyond what it’s supposed to do).
- The juice from 1 bunch of Celery
- 6 oz Sudachi Juice
- 1.5 oz Agave Nectar
- ~ 18 oz Water
- Juice the celery. (Here’s the juicer we used)
- Strain it as much as possible. (I use a Fine Strainer and a coffee filter to strain twice.)
- Add the Sudachi Juice and Agave Nectar to taste. Make it slightly sweet.
- Add water to make the total quantity 1L.
- Put in your carbonator and carbonate!
- You can make a lot less mess than I did by carefully and slowly removing from your sodastream