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Sparkling Lemonade

The acidity of the lemon juice slows the yeast activity for this soda, so start it about a week before you plan to serve it.



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1 cup sugar, plus more if desired
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1 pinch salt
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2 cups fresh lemon juice
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¼ tsp. champagne yeast


1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add sugar and salt, and stir to dissolve both. Cool, then stir in lemon juice.

2. Pour juice mixture into clean 2-liter soda bottle using funnel. Top off bottle with water, leaving at least 1 inch headspace. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. (Extra sugar will dissolve on its own.)

3. Add yeast to juice mixture. Screw on cap, and shake bottle to dissolve and distribute yeast. Let bottle sit at room temperature away from sunlight 5 to 7 days, or until lemonade is carbonated. Check bottle periodically; lemonade is ready when bottle feels rock-solid with very little give.

4. Refrigerate overnight, or up to two weeks. Open bottle very slowly over 
sink to release pressure gradually and avoid bubble-ups. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information: 

<1 g
Total Fat: 
<1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
29 g
0 mg
18 mg
<1 g
27 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Where in the world would I get champagne yeast? If I bought it, would it me expensive? Could I get a tiny amount? I would only need 1/4 tsp. for this recipe and might never need it again.

Where do you get champagne yeast? Whole Foods?

Unfortunately I didn't find champagne yeast at Whole Foods or any other local store. I found it online via Amazon.

I found it-- at a beer-making supply store. :)

Hmmmm, thought it would be fun for kids but then realized it's much alcohol does it produce?