Author, and creator of London Farmer’s Market, Nina Planck provides 150 recipes that reflect her background in The Real Food Cookbook (Bloomsbury, 2014). A farmer’s daughter and former vegetarian, Planck uses timeless ingredients and classic cooking methods that reflect her journey to traditional foods. The following excerpt from “Drinks & Nibbles” is for a fresh, homemade blueberry soda recipe.
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Here’s a zippy soft drink you can make year-round if you jar or freeze the syrup, which is also delicious on pancakes and ice cream.
Homemade Blueberry Soda Recipe
• 1 lime
• 4 c blueberries
• 1 c water
• 2 T organic whole cane sugar
• 6 oz sparkling water for each drink
1. Zest and juice the lime, setting the juice aside.
2. In a saucepan, bring the berries, lime zest, and water to a boil.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain through cheesecloth to remove any particles.
4. Return the liquid to the pan. Add the sugar and lime juice and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Cool and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
5. To serve, put two tablespoons of blueberry syrup and six ounces of sparkling water in a glass and stir.
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This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from The Real Food Cookbook: Traditional Dishes for Modern Cooks by Nina Planck and published by Bloomsbury, 2014. Purchase this book from our store: The Real Food Cookbook.