How to Make Soda at Home – Cherry Soda Recipe
Cherry Limeade Soda – Tastes Like Summer
Cherry Limeade Soda will make your mouth happy in ways you might not understand. If you want to know how to make cherry soda at home, this recipe is bright and refreshing. The complex cherry flavors are balanced by the tart bite of lime. Just add gin and a view of the lake.
How to Make Cherry Soda
- Style – Brewed Champagne Yeast
- Flavor – Cherry and Lime
- Yeast – Champagne Yeast
Brewing up a batch of soda is way easier than it sounds. It’s a great place to start if you are interested in making kombucha, beer, or sake. It’s quick, easy, and hard to screw it up.
If you are hesitant to get into brewing soda at home you could adapt this recipe to use it as a syrup. It will definitely be better than any syrup you can buy for your Sodastream.
I would recommend brewing your cherry soda with Champagne yeast. The yeast gives it a distinctive flavor. Besides, learning about the brewing process is really informative as well..
Cherry Limeade Soda
Cherry is complicated. It can be bright and fun with hints of nostalgia. It can be dark and complex. Sometimes it is medicinal. Other times it is syrupy and cloying. It can be tricky to it just right. This Cherry Limeade Soda recipe balances the sweetness of the cherries with the bright acidity of fresh lime juice. It’s a classic combination.
- 2 pounds fresh pitted sour cherries
- 4 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 cup water
- 4 oz granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp dry champagne yeast
- Combine the pitted cherries and lime juice in a mixing bowl.
- Make a simple syrup by simmering sugar and water over medium low heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Mix the fruit with the simple syrup and let it macerate for 15-20 minutes.
- Puree the fruit syrup in a food processor or blender. Strain into mixing bowl and discard solids.
- Using a funnel, pour the syrup into a clean 2 liter plastic bottle.
- Fill the bottle with water, leaving at least 1 inch of headspace at the top.
- Add the yeast to the bottle. Cap it, and shake it up to mix up the yeast.
- Let the bottle sit at room temperature for 12 to 48 hours. Check the bottle periodically. When it feels solid and has very little give it is ready.
- Refrigerate overnight. It will keep for up to 2 weeks.
- Unscrew the cap slightly every day to relieve pressure. Open it slowly to avoid a fountain.
Carbonated sodas need to be put into bottles designed to withstand the pressure that builds up with carbonation. You can use recycled plastic bottles, swing top bottles, or crown cap beer bottles. When you are starting out, use plastic soda bottles.
Plastic bottles are helpful because you can squeeze the bottle and get a sense of how much carbonation is building up. You can also unscrew the cap slightly and let a little pressure off. Not to mention you greatly reduce the risk of having bottles explode in your kitchen.
When you make soda at home you are using live yeast. The Champagne yeast is a living organism. It consumes the sugar in the syrup and produces CO2 as a byproduct. This is fermentation. As long as the conditions are right it will continue to carbonate your soda.
To stop the fermentation you need to change the conditions to stop the yeast. The simplest way to do this is to chill your soda in refrigerator. The lower temperature slows down the activity of the yeast and stops the carbonation process. If you take the soda out of the fridge it can start fermenting again.
Yeasts for Making Soda
Most people who are making soda at home will use Dry Champagne Yeast. It is forgiving and easy to work with. Champagne yeast is also a neutral flavor. It won’t influence the taste of your soda too much. Ale yeasts will work as well. You can find them both a any homebrew supply.
Baker’s yeast will work. But it will give your soda a funky, yeasty flavor.
I tend to think of recipes as vague, inexact hints about how to execute a bigger idea. Think of them as a starting place to build your own flavor ideas. Now that you know how to make cherry soda try adding some new flavors. Try this:
- Black pepper
- Vanilla – for a Cherry Cream Soda
- Brown sugar – for a darker caramel flavor.