HomeBrewing Cordials and Sodas

Lately, I have been researching herbal sodas, cordials and ciders. I have been experimenting with fresh fruits to make fruit syrup with tea infusions and making them carbonated with my ginger bug, or my newly acquired distillers yeast.

Here is a link to my ginger bug post;

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.com/2016/05/14/homemade-ginger-bug-strawberry-soda/

I have been doing so much research that I thought it was worth sharing my research in a well organized blog, so here goes. I have so much information that I hope that I can organize it.

To see the definition of different herbal preparations, like teas, tinctures, elixers, and tonics; see the following links.

http://www.nourishingherbalist.com/the-difference-between-tinctures-tonics-and-teas-oh-my/

http://pixiespocket.com/2011/10/lets-talk-about-tinctures-elixirs-and-cordials.html

My initial experience with herbs for the last couple years, I have delved into decoctions and teas, so trying to go for a herbal soda did not seem that hard to try. I recently bought a good supply of herbs to get this project and my supplies started.

I bought some root herbs for my experiments like Dandelion Root, Burdock Root.

My husband bought me some stainless steel pots; a set of a 6,12,14,16 quarts so I can make any size infusion that I need. I am excited because I am starting to collect reusable bottles for saving soda in the fridge as well.

I am now working on making home brews of cordials and decoctions with carbonation somehow.

Here are some pictures of my experiments lately.

Strawberry Ginger Soda
Strawberry Ginger Soda
Strawberry Cordial and Elderberry cough syrup
Strawberry Cordial and Elderberry cough syrup
Blackberry Cider
Blackberry Cider
blackberry yeast foam on blackberry cider
blackberry yeast foam on blackberry cider

I have found some amazing research ie recipes on some old herbal decoctions and infusions.

Cordials

https://www.thedabblist.com/herbal-cordials/

http://www.dragonbear.com/cordrec2.html

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/sweet-medicine-an-overview-of-honeyed-healing-and-sensory-delight.html

http://www.madisonherbsociety.org/pdfs/Cordial_Article_MHS_Herb_Fair_111007.pdf

http://clinicalherbalism.com/making-custom-cordials/

http://www.vivienlloyd.com/how-to-make-syrups-and-cordials/1373/

http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/2007/09/fruit-cordial-recipes.html

http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/how-to-make-anne-of-green-gables-raspberry-cordial/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-460655/Why-elderflower-cordial-drink-season.html

http://kitchenherbwife.blogspot.com/2009/07/sweet-memories-of-summer.html

https://delishably.com/beverages/Healing-Herbal-Smoothies-Teas-and-Cordials

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10216849/Cooling-cordials-that-wont-make-you-lose-your-head.html

Homemade soda

http://readynutrition.com/resources/get-fizzy-with-it-make-your-own-homemade-soda_04022013/

https://www.defalcos.com/homemade-soft-drinks.html

http://nourishedkitchen.com/raspberry-ginger-soda/

http://andhereweare.net/2014/04/fermented-blackberry-soda.html/

Root beer links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_beer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birch_beer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_beer

Herbal brews links

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2011/sep/28/how-make-dandelion-burdock-beer

http://pixiespocket.com/2014/08/elderberry-mead-recipe.html

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2014/04/22/brew-your-own-cider/

https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/dandelion-and-burdock-beer

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/category/homebrew-hacks/

http://www.clawhammersupply.com/blogs/moonshine-still-blog/11824025-bourbon-whiskey-vodka-and-moonshine-how-much-yeast

Specialty teas

http://www.kitchenwiccan.com/whats-brewing/herbal-remedy-teas/

Elixers and honeys

http://www.cauldronsandcrockpots.com/2010/07/herbal-honeys-and-elixirs/

http://naturallysimple.org/living/2013/01/30/everyday-elixirs/

https://harmonicarts.ca/2014/02/2413/

https://urbanherbwifery.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/herbal-preparations-honeys-oxymels-and-elixirs/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-an-Elixir/

http://pixiespocket.com/2012/01/lets-talk-about-what-is-an-electuary.html

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