Cucumber Ginger Soda

Cucumber Ginger Soda

With the weather getting warmer, I am always looking for beverages that will cool me down and really satisfy my taste buds. I tend to stray away from sugary fruit punches and cavity-inducing sodas. In fact, when I want something ice cold and refreshing, I aim straight for water. If I veer off of the beaten path, I will end up in unsweetened iced coffee or tea territory.

 

Okay, so I’m a plain jane when it comes to my beverages…until now.

 

Remember that time that I made strawberry jalapeño soda? If you don’t, check it out. It’s delicious and not overly sweet or spicy.

 

I had a brilliant plan this weekend.

 

Why not use the leftover, unused ginger in the refrigerator from the Asian Slaw I made recently to create another crazy soda flavor?

 

Boy, were my tastebuds happy! I carefully poured myself a glass of cucumbery-gingery soda (I tend to always get seltzer foam and spillage on the counter no matter how hard I try to avoid this situation). Not only can you regulate the amount of sugar in this soda, but it’s such a crisp flavor on a humid summer day.

 

This recipe is Mama Hen Approved. In other words, my mother and taste tester enjoyed it!

 

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Cucumber Ginger Soda

Ingredients

    Cucumber Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup miniature cucumbers (stemmed and halved)
    Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh ginger (grated)
    Cucumber Ginger Soda
  • 8 ounces plain seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons cucumber simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon ginger simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
  • diced cucumbers for garnish

Instructions

  1. On medium-high heat in a medium-sized pot, boil water and sugar until no granules can be seen in the water. Once sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. After syrup has cooled, add the cucumbers. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove cucumbers from syrup the next day. Syrup will be infused with the cucumber flavor.
  2. Repeat same process with ginger. Strain ginger out of syrup next day or keep in if you enjoy grated ginger in beverages.
  3. Place ice cubes in a 12-ounce glass. Add simple syrups then pour seltzer on top. Stir with spoon or straw for ten or fifteen seconds. Add more syrup for a sweeter beverage. Garnish drink with cucumbers.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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