August 29, 2012

Making Ginger Ale from Artisan Soda Workshop book and PC products

The Artisan Soda workshop has 70 syrup recipes to make flavourful fizzy homemade sodas.  With this book, we can make our own combination of refreshing sodas at home and avoid canned carbonations.  The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow to make fruit, herb and spiced bubbly drinks.  

I like the bit of history given in the beginning of the book about carbonated drinks.  Carbonated drinks were originally produced because of medicinal benefits.  Coca cola made in 1886, derived from coca leaves and kola nuts.  Pepsi cola came 12 years after coca cola, which is made with pepsin and kola nuts.  The cans and bottles replaced the traditional soda fountains in the 1920s.

When making sodas at home we can cut down on the amount of sugar and use fresh fruit without artificial flavour.  We can also use sugar alternatives such as coconut palm sugar.  The suggested syrups can be used in pancakes, French toasts, oatmeal, ice cream, smoothie or in a salad dressing combined with oil and vinegar. I also used the syrup to make spicy hot tea.

The taste and flavours of the carbonated drinks made at home will not be the same as the ones sold in the store and it is a little bit more work than opening a can :) but it is worth it because mass produced store-bought soda has chemicals, high fructose and corn syrup.
The appendix in the end of the book has recipes separated by seasons, which is helpful to pick one and get started.

If you have a soda stream, you can use it to make carbonated water then add syrup and flavour to it.  We can also control the amount of carbon dioxide that we put with this type of machine.     
I used the carbonated natural spring water from PC to make this ginger ale.  I made half of the ginger syrup recipe from the book.

2 cups of water
6" of fresh ginger root thinly sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp ground ginger

Bring the water, sliced or grated fresh ginger and sugar to a boil in high heat.  Add the ginger powder to the syrup and let it simmer in medium heat for about 10 minutes until the syrup is half the amount you started with.
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh and let it cool.  Add 3 tbsp or more syrup to taste into 1 cup of cold seltzer or carbonated water and serve.  The syrup can be kept in the fridge for unto 5 days in a container.

President Choice also has a few new products just in time for back to school.  We all need some pre-prepared options for the busy days.  Here is a highlight of some of the products.

  • PC shelf stable milk packets are safe to send in the lunch bags or to take on the go.  It can also be stored in the cupboard instead of the fridge.
  • Individual cheese portions made with 100% Canadian milk makes a healthy smart snack.
  • Peanut free individually wrapped snacks such as carrot cakes, chocolate chip bars, brownies and decadent chocolate chip mini bar make delicious snacks for anytime of the day and to send for school snacks.  
  • PC honey chipotle kettle cooked almonds is a lovely snack for those who like smoky flavour. 
  • The sour jelly beans are chewy treats for everyone who enjoys sour fruit flavour.  
  • PC also has pita crackers and flavoured chips that are delicious for snack time.

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  1. I like the idea of making your own soda, because you know what you're putting in it! I actually stopped drinking soda a few years ago all together because of what I learned from a chemical engineer at my dad's work. I was shocked, and stopped right that day lol. At least homemade, you can control what goes in :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. The book sounds interesting, definitely something I'd love to use while coming up with a new drink for my Thirsty Thursday segments, lol. Oh and I've had PC's Crab cakes, they are super delicious and great for any occasion!

  3. Sounds like a really interesting book. I love to cook and bake but have never really spent any time making drinks. Might be fun for a party!

  4. I love ginger! Will be trying this out!

  5. I never even realized it was possible to make sodas at home! How cool. I need to look further into this!

  6. Totally amazing! I like to play around with creativity too and may just have to steal this!

  7. So, I am interested in making ginger ale.I followed your recipe and did not find that it was a strong ginger ale taste-I am not sure that the ground ginger adds flavor. But I am very curious why you think the syrup will only last 5 days in the refrigerator. Why? What happens? Does it go bad? Does it ferment?

    1. This recipe is from the book if you want it stronger add more ginger. I found even this amount strong. The author said up to 5 days is probably because the ginger may loose its flavour or may spoil I didn't test it. Thank you for asking.


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