Green Tea Soda

WARNING: This is a home fermented product which means 2 things: (1)– it will be slightly alcoholic. (2)- it can be dangerous to make (it involves naturally produced pressure which can lead to exploding bottles.) PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!   If you do decide it's worth the risk, you will be rewarded with a beautifully smooth, naturally fizzy soda that actually has nutritional value.  

Ingredients:

1/3 cup loose green tea

4 cardamom pods, smashed (optional)

3/4 cup raw honey

1 lemon

1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

water  

Directions:

Put 3 cups of water and the cardamom (if desired) into a pot and heat until it reaches 180° F. Add the green tea and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Strain, cool slightly, then add the honey and the zest and juice of the lemon. Transfer to a 2 liter bottle with a tight fitting cap. Add the yeast and water to fill (leave about 1 inch of airspace.) Shake very well. Move the bottle to a cool, dark place. Leave for 2 days. Open carefully and check the soda. It should have fizzy bubbles (this is a result of the natural fermentation that occurs when the yeast consume the sugars in the honey.) If it doesn't, re-cap it and return a cool, dark place. Check every 3 hours to see if it's done. After the desired amount of fizz is achieved, immediately refrigerate the bottle (this will slow the fermentation process.) Serve well chilled, over ice with a lemon slice. Use within 7 days.

Note: the 2 liter and all equipment must be very clean to avoid contamination!

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