Cinnamon Basil is hands down my favorite herb. I keep it growing on my counter in the winter because I can’t bear to be without it. I put it in everything soups, salads, pasta dishes, salad dressing even desserts such as cheesecake. It is milder and sweeter than regular basil and has a hint of cinnamon that makes it taste extra special. You can buy it at most nursery’s that sell herbs. I grow mine in a pot on the back porch so I don’t have to walk very far to get some. It makes this drink have an extra kick that you can’t quite tell (it you didn’t know) what it is. Taste just like a grape soda but a little more tart and is super bubbly. Watch out that you don’t ferment it to long on your counter because it could explode. Check it after a day or two by opening the lid and release the pressure. When it gets really fizzy when you open it then it is ready. Place in the fridge to calm it down and then serve ice cold.
Just the thing for summer time, lacto ferment sodas take the place of regular soda without all the sugar plus the extra bonus of being probiotic. It is super easy and you can use the first bottle as a starter for extra batches. It’s the fizz I love the most and it is naturally carbonated.
Cinnamon Basil Grape Soda ( lacto fermented)
Place kefir pack in water and mix well.
Add all ingredients into a 1 liter bottle with a clamp down lid.
If you use the culture package let sit for 2 to 3 days or until bubbly and fizzy. If you use the kefir whey it can take longer 2 to 5 days to become fizzy. You should check it by opening the lid and you will hear and see the fizz. Then it is ready. It should also not be overly sweet but a little tart.
Then place in refrigerator.
To make another bottle: If you use the powder packages, you can take 1/2 cup of this fermented soda mixture and add some more grape juice, water and ferment again. It will only take a half to a full day to become bubbly. Check it often. You can do this up to 20 times or until it stops becoming fizzy. Then you will need another culture package.
If you use the kefir whey: Start with fresh kefir whey and let ferment again for 3 to 5 days.
My little Tank kept getting in the picture. It was just easier to leave him in it.
Notice all the naturally occurring carbonation in the bottle. This is from me just opening it.
A super fizzy drink with kefir probiotics in it.