Homemade Pineapple-Ginger Soda

by Zach on March 4, 2013

Homemade SodaOkay, so let me first start by saying I found this recipe online while I was searching for healthy soda alternatives!  I cut out diet soda in my life about 3 weeks from the time of this posting and I was dying for some fizz.  So When I cam across the recipe it was a no brainier, fruity, spicy  refreshing, and fizzy.  All things that I was missing from my beloved Diet Mountain Dew and Diet Cherry Cola.  So without further ado, here is the recipe for pineapple-ginger soda!

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups diced pineapple (I used canned in 100% juice)
2 sprigs rosemary 
3 Tbsp chopped ginger (I just used the spice that comes in a tin for convince)
4 Tbsp agave nectar (I chose the light variety)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup filtered water (bottle water or tap will work fine too)
Seltzer or soda water

 

Get out a medium sized saucepan and place in it your pineapple, rosemary, ginger, the agave nectar, lemon juice and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium high heat.  Once the mixture is boiling reduce it to a low heat and allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes.  During this time you want to mash and break up the pineapple so that the juice can get into the mixture and allow it to thin out just a little bit.  If you have a potato masher it’s perfect for this job, if not  a wooden spoon will do.  After the 5 minutes is up, remove the mixture for the heat and let is site for about 30 minutes.

From there, take the rosemary sprigs and and lose needles that may be in the mixture out and throw them away.  Put your mixture into a food processor and blend until the pineapple is fairly broken down, but not completely smooth, you don’t want a puree.  Put the mixture through a strainer that house two layers of cheese cloth in it and collect the liquid.  Before you are done squeeze the mixture for good measure and to get out all the juice you can!

Chill the syrup in a sealed glass container in your fridge for up to a week.

When you are ready to serve put about 1/4 cup syrup (more or less to taste  into a tall glass and add around 8 oz of chilled seltzer water and stir together.  If you are feeling fancy you can garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

The amount that it will make varies, when I made it the first time I didn’t get a great yield.  You can add more liquids (water or pineapple juice) to help the straining process if you find that your mixture is to thick and you would like to get more syrup out of it..

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