Homemade Apple Soda With Fresh Apple Juice

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 25 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 5 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 4 to 5 large apples
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 cups apple juice
  4. 1 cup raw granulated sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon citric acid
  6. 1/3 cup apple syrup
  7. 3/4 to 1 cup club soda, to taste
  8. Apple wedge, for garnish

Instruction

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Wash the apples well. Cut them into quarters (or smaller chunks, depending on the apples' size), removing the stem, blossom end, and seeds.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the apples and water. Bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. As the apples soften, mash them slightly with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. Process the apples in a food mill or blender to create a juicy pulp.
  6. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl and strain the apple juice from the majority of the pulp. Use a spatula to shuffle the pulp to remove more of the juice.
  7. Line the strainer with two layers of cheesecloth and strain the apple juice a second time to remove the remaining pulp.
  8. Use the apple juice right away for the syrup or let cool and transfer it to a jar with a tight seal. Refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks or freeze as cubes for up to 6 months.
  9. Gather the ingredients.
  10. In a medium saucepan, bring the apple juice to a boil, stirring in the raw sugar until completely dissolved.
  11. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat, let cool for about 10 minutes, then stir in the citric acid.
  13. Once completely cool, pour into jars with tight seals and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  14. Gather the ingredients.
  15. In an ice-filled glass, pour the fresh apple syrup.
  16. Top with club soda and stir well.
  17. Garnish with an apple wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Note

  1. The apple syrup recipe yields 2 cups, enough for about 5 sodas. It's easy to make larger and smaller batches as needed.
  2. Small and medium apples will work perfectly. For the 2 cups of juice used in this recipe, you'll need 4 heaping cups of cut apples.
  3. The leftover apple pulp is actually a simplified version of applesauce that can be eaten or stored; add lemon juice or cinnamon to give it extra flavor. It can also be used to make apple butter.
  4. To preserve the apple garnish and prevent it from turning brown, squeeze lemon juice over the flesh immediately after cutting it. This will prevent oxidation for a couple of hours; don't cut it too early.
  5. Use bottled apple juice or cider instead of fresh juice. Simply skip to the syrup steps and reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup when using sweetened juice.
  6. Instead of club soda, use another carbonated water. Ginger ale adds sweetness, tonic water gives it a dry note, and sparkling water is refreshingly crisp. You can also use plain carbonated water from a soda maker; depending on the model, the apple syrup may work in some soda makers, too.