Friday, May 29, 2015

Hibiscus Orange Soda


Another lacto-fermented soda for ya'll to try. This one is one of my FAVES! James’ too. Probably cuz it tastes super sweet and fruity. Ha! But seriously. If you are looking for one to feed to the kiddos, this would be a great one to start with. They will think it’s fruit punch. :)

This recipe is a bit different from the others as it does not require you to cook anything first. Instead, you are infusing the hibiscus into the water by means of a "cold brew". 

Also, in my experience this soda does not tend to get as fizzy as some of the others, so don't worry if yours doesn't either. There should definitely be some bubbles, but it just might not become ultra-carbonated. 

If you are new to the whole ginger bug thing, be sure to check this post out first.  And if you want to learn more about the benefits of lacto-fermentation check out this post.


You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 organic orange; the grated peel plus the juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger bug (some ginger pieces are okay)
  • 1 gallon filtered water


Directions:


1. In a large pitcher, stir the sugar and the water together until dissolved.

2. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Stir well.




3. Cover with a cloth and let this sit on your counter for 2-4 days, remembering to stir several times a day.

4. Once you see bubbles appearing it's time to bottle it up.

5. Using a very fine mesh strainer (or cloth and rubberband) strain off the liquid.

6. Pour the soda into bottles of your choice, just making sure to leave a little head space. This leaves room for the extra carbonation.

7. Now you will let the bottles sit on the counter for another day or so to build up the carbonation for some nice fizz. Watch this carefully, however! If you let it sit too you could have an explosion. If this makes you leery, then here is my suggestion: When first starting out, use pint sized mason jars with the metal lids and rings. Every so often, check the “bubble” on top of the lid by pushing it down. If it gives under pressure, then your soda is not ready. Once the lid becomes firm and does not give anymore the soda has become carbonated.

8. Immediately place the bottles of ginger ale in the refrigerator and drink to your health!


Bethany
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1 comment:

  1. I don't have hibiscus flowers, but would this work with elderberry flowers? I have some of those dried from my own bushes. Do you think elderberry flower and orange would go together? And would it be done also as a cold brew? I recently did do an elderflower ginger ale, but brewed the flowers as in your other recipes (we liked it).

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