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Aug 12, 2013


Nothing is better than a cold glass of a soda you've made yourself.  Enjoy this soda with your favourite a fresh, soft rind cheese or goat cheese for a perfect summer afternoon.


“ … we made a conscious to decision to make our sodas from scratch. It’s important for us to share real food and real recipes with our customers.  It always offers a more authentic, better taste and pairing.”
Kevin DurkeeCHEESEWERKS Big Cheese has shared a couple of his house-made soda recipes.  Enjoy.
CHEESEWERKS Blueberry Maple Soda

INGREDIENTS
500 ml ( 2 cups ) - Frozen Blueberries (with juice), thawed
425ml ( 1 ¾ cups ) - White Sugar
60 ml ( ¼ cup ) - Canadian Maple Syrup, Amber or Dark
Carbonated Water
Garnish – Fresh Blueberries or Lime

DIRECTIONS
1. Blend/puree Blueberries and juice to a smooth consistency.
2. Place the blueberry puree and sugar into a medium saucepan, set over medium-high heat and bring to simmer.
3. Simmer for 10 mins. to insure all sugar is completely dissolved.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour mixture through a very fine sieve, or colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl. Discard any skin/pulp.
5. Allow strained liquid to cool for 10-15 mins.
6. Add syrup and whisk to incorporate. 
7. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or plastic jug.

TO SERVE
Stir 30ml ( 1/8 cup ) of the Blueberry Maple liquid with 350 ml (12 ounces) of carbonated water and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh blueberries and/or slice of lime.

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CHEESEWERKS Watermelon Apple Soda
The classic tastes of summer in one cold, delicious glass.
INGREDIENTS
750 ml ( 3 cups ) - Watermelon, cubed and seeded (no rind)
250 ml ( 1 cup ) - Granny Smith (or tart apple of choice), cored, peeled and cubed
425ml ( 1 ¾ cups ) - White Sugar
Carbonated Water
Garnish – Fresh Watermelon, Apple Slice or Lime

DIRECTIONS
1. Blend/puree Watermelon, Apple and all juices to a smooth consistency.
2. Place the puree and sugar into a medium saucepan, set over medium-high heat and bring to simmer.
3. Simmer for 10 mins. to insure all sugar is completely dissolved.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour mixture through a very fine sieve, or colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl. Discard any fiber/pulp.
5. Allow strained liquid to cool for 10-15 mins.
6. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or plastic jug.

TO SERVE
Stir 30ml ( 1/8 cup ) of the Watermelon Apple liquid with 350 ml (12 ounces) of carbonated water and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh watermelon cubes, apple slice and/or slice of lime.

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