Almost Homemade Ginger Soda…. and Almost Homemade Sarsaparilla

If you haven’t been…. If you haven’t visited… Portland, Maine is a quick drive from Boston.  I headed up to Maine for the day, and I ended up in the downtown Portland area.

After doing the mandatory shop visits – Bakery, LeRoux and Vervacious, I ended up at In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation.   Just one year or so old, In’finiti is a Brewery and Distillery, they make their own beers, rums, vodkas, whiskeys, and Sodas!  yum… my favorite.

The sodas, ginger, citrus and sarsaparilla, are all “homemade” – technically they are not at home, but made in the residence of the business.  The method is clear – they take the ginger root, the citrus and sarsaparilla and boil it with a simple syrup.  The simple syrup is most likely one part sugar for one part water and reduced.   The sarsaparilla had the earthy flavor of raw sarsaparilla root.  The ginger had a raw flavor of peeled / fresh ginger.

When I ordered, the bartender grabbed a bottle of the infused soda – one shot, and filled the rest to the top with seltzer water.  When the foam subsided, the bartender fills the rest with Ice, and serves.

Delicious!   For any fan of homemade sodas, give them a try.