I am making this month all about the cranberry. Last week, cranberry juice. This week cranberry pineapple fermented soda. Whew, a long name but it tells you exactly what it is. Yes, this is a mixture of two fruits that come together to make one delicious probiotic or fermented beverage. To view the recipe for cranberry juice, click here. To read a previous post that includes the benefits of probiotics, click here
Of course, in this concoction, the crimson cranberry is the showstopper with its overpowering color, but the pineapple adds it powerful ability to ferment the beverage.
The cranberry is a native North American fruit low in sugar and among many of its benefits, it is linked to heart health.
The pineapple is a tropical fruit and a good source for vitamin C and potassium. It is also linked to heart health.
Both together make for a pretty, fun, healthy and delicious soda just in time to wow your family.
Cranberry Pineapple Fermented Soda
1 Quart cranberry juice (recipe here.)
1 Cup fresh pineapple
½ Cup organic sugar
Combine the cranberry juice and sugar in a 2-quart jar.
Mix until sugar is dissolved.
Add the pineapples.
Fill with water within two inches of the top.
Cover with a coffee filter or cloth and secure with a rubber band.
Ferment (sit on counter or in an area with a temperature 70-80 degrees away from direct sunlight).
Test daily to get your desired sweetness and flavor.
When desired sweetness and flavor is reached, strain and bottle in an airtight vessel for additional carbonation and refrigerate.
Additional info and variations: Taste daily to get your desired flavor. If the temperature is colder, fermentation is slower; if warmer, faster. The longer the fermentation, the more carbonation and the less sweet it becomes. Use organic ingredients to avoid pesticides and genetically modified organisms. A harmless white foam may become present. After straining, the fruit may be eaten or served with the soda. To add more carbonation, cap it tightly. Exercise caution when opening airtight bottles, the pressure can build up. Burp the vessel regularly to release the pressure. The more flavor the pineapple has the more flavorful the final soda.
And always remember to add a good measure of prayer and do it as unto the Lord.
Harriet Noel Jones