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Watermelon soda

Leslie McMaster TeaChef Level 3

This delightfully summer flavored is sure to be a hit with everyone. It takes a few days to make but its well worth the effort.

72 h 4


  • Ginger bug:
  • 1 Tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • Soda:
  • 3 1/2 cups watermelon cooler tea
  • 4-6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug


Start the ginger bug by mixing the sugar,ginger and water together,let sit overnight. The next day mix in 1 Tablespoon ginger,1 Tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon sugar,repeat every day until the mixture is bubbly. Once the ginger bug is active,you can store it in the fridge and feed once a week,bring to room temperature before using.

Once the ginger bug is active make the soda. Steep the tea as long as you want,strain and pour into a jar,stir in the rest of the soda ingredients, cover the jar with a cloth and let sit at room temperature for 3 days;stir once a day. Once bubbles start forming pour into swing top bottles or a clean plastic jug,let sit at room temperature for a few days until carbonation builds ups,once carbonated place in the fridge and serve chilled.

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