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Bottled Citrus Lemongrass Soda

Makes 9 (12 oz.) bottles

Total Time
1 day 3 hrs

Emily Ho, an LA-based food writer (, loves to make her own sodas using seasonal fruits, herbs, and spices. She has two methods: one fresh, combining homemade syrup with soda from her home water carbonator, and the other bottled, using yeast to carbonate the soda naturally through fermentation. For the fresh version, find Fresh Citrus Lemongrass Soda on MyRecipes.

su-Fresh Citrus Lemongrass Soda

 1 large red or pink grapefruit
 1 lime
 2 stalks lemongrass
 1 1/2 cups sugar
 1/4 cup honey
 1/8 teaspoon neutral-flavored ale yeast such as Coopers
  1-gal. glass or plastic container
 9 (12-oz.) beer bottles and caps
  Large metal bowl for draining bottles
  Fine-mesh strainer
  Metal stirring spoon
  Beer bottle capper, such as the Emily capper
Step 1

Peel wide strips of zest (avoiding the bitter white pith underneath) from half the grapefruit and the whole lime. Juice grapefruit and lime into a liquid measuring cup (add water to reach 1 cup if needed). Pour into a 6- to 8-qt. pot and add zest strips.

Step 2

Cut off green tops from lemongrass (about half the stalk) and peel first two outer layers from stalks. Mash stalks with a meat mallet and cut into 2-in. pieces. Add to pot of juices along with sugar, honey, and 3 1/2 qts. water.

Step 3

Heat citrus lemongrass mixture over medium-high heat, covered, until boiling; boil 1 minute, then remove from heat and let cool.

Step 4

Meanwhile, mix up your sanitizing solution using SaniClean and water (follow instructions on SaniClean label). Sanitize all equipment except the capper; invert bottles into bowl to drain. Let everything air-dry.

Step 5

Strain sweet citrus lemongrass water through a fine-mesh strainer into sanitized 1-gal. container. You should have about 2 in. headspace; if you don't, add lukewarm water until you do. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water and stir into container. Cover container with a double layer of cheesecloth, secure with a rubber band around the lid, and set in a warm place for 2 hours.

Step 6

Stir mixture thoroughly, then use funnel to slowly pour soda into bottles, leaving 2 in. headspace. Cap bottles with capper and shake each bottle. Let bottles sit at room temperature for 1 to 3 days, opening a bottle each day until you like how it tastes and how much fizz it has. When you like it, chill the bottles.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bottle.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 193Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 1.4mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 50g17%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g0%
Protein 0.3g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.