Homemade Soda: Ginseng Soda Recipe

Try this Ginseng Soda recipe for a light beverage packed with health benefits.

| August 2012

  • Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for millennia.
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  • Experience the fizzy excitement of “Homemade Soda,” a cookbook with 200 recipes that bring soda to the home kitchen; it’s perfect for adventurous home cooks, home brewers who want to expand their repertoire, DIYers and parents looking to have more control over their family’s sugar consumption.
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Garner the health benefits of ginseng in this light and fizzy Ginseng Soda recipe. This recipe is excerpted from Homemade Soda (Storey Publishing, 2011) by Andrew Schloss, a comprehensive guide filled with vibrant colors, punchy graphics and recipes such as Orange Honey Ginger Ale and Curiosity Cola. 

Ginseng Soda Recipe

Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for millennia, mostly in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, particularly male impotence. I don’t want to get your hopes up, but a study done by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine found that ginseng enhanced sexual performance in laboratory animals. Drink up!

Ginseng Syrup Recipe
Enough for 3 servings

• 1 cup water
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 4 ginseng-root tea bags
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon unflavored rice vinegar



1. Bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water boils, add the sugar, stirring until it dissolves. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes. Then remove the tea bags, stir in the honey and vinegar, and let cool to room temperature.

2. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.



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