Friday, July 1, 2011

July 4th Cookout? Who's Bringing the Homemade Soda?

Perhaps you are with one of the 200 recipes in our new book, Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss. Below is the recipe for s a simple and refreshing one to start off with on this holiday weekend. Meanwhile, if you'd like to own one of 10 signed copies of this book, head over to Zester Daily and enter to win!

Sparkling Watermelon

Watermelon is so sweet and juicy that it is practically a beverage right off the vine. A bit of added water makes it truly quaffable. Watermelon is lower in sugar than other melons (6.2 percent, as opposed to the 7.8 percent of cantaloupe and 8.6 percent of honeydew), but it is also very low in sodium (1 percent, as opposed to the 16 percent of cantaloupe and 18 percent of honey- dew), which means it can be bland when juiced. A little bit of sea salt takes care of that. A glass of watermelon juice tastes sweet but has only 60 calories.

1⁄4–1⁄3 seedless watermelon (about 41⁄2 pounds)
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄2 teaspoon coarse sea salt   

Cut the rind from the watermelon and chop the flesh into small pieces, trapping any juices that flow out. Combine the chopped watermelon, collected juices, and water in a blender or food processor. Process until puréed.

Set a strainer over a large bowl and pass the puréed melon through the strainer, stirring the loose purée gently as it strains to get as much liquid through as possible without forcing any solids into the strained liquid. Discard the solids,  and stir the salt into the watermelon liquid.

Note: Because watermelon juice is so naturally watery,  it cannot be diluted with seltzer into a sparkling beverage. It must be carbonated in a soda siphon.

Enough for 4 servings.

1 batch watermelon juice

Pour the juice into a 1-quart soda siphon. Charge with CO2 according to the manufacturer’s direc- tions. Siphon-charged sodas can be stored in the siphon in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Disperse as desired into tall glasses filled with ice, and serve. Garnish with more sea salt, if desired.

Enough for 4 servings.

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