Recipe Wednesday: Blueberry Soda

Recipe Wednesday: Blueberry Soda

May 25

For Christmas John and I got a soda carbonator, SodaStream, and we love it. Why drink still water when you can have it bubbling on your tongue? Unfortunately when it come to flavored sodas, the ones the company sells are full of excess crap. John has discovered that he loves making flavored syrups that use natural ingredients, usually some water, sugar and a fruit or extract, nothing more. Well, with it being towards the end of Blueberry season around here, and since we have plans to go Blueberry picking this weekend, I figured a Blueberry soda would be a perfect recipe! Use up those blueberries in your fridge, or go get some more for this delicious concoction (Well, delicious looking concoction, as I haven’t even made it yet, but I trust Alton Brown and his cooking prowess to provide me a worthy recipe).

Alton Brown’s Blueberry Soda

Total Time: Just over one hour; Serves about 12 – Makes 3 cups of syrup

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces fresh blueberries, approximately 4 cups, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 7 ounces sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Carbonated water

Directions

Place the blueberries and the water into a medium saucepan, set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth that is set in a large bowl. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Gather up the edges of the cheesecloth and squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the skin and pulp. Return the blueberry juice to the saucepan along with the sugar and lime juice. Place over medium high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof glass container and place in the refrigerator, uncovered, until completely cooled.

To Serve: Combine 1/4 cup of the liquid with 8-ounces of carbonated water and serve over ice.

 

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