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Simple Homemade Probiotic Orangina

September 21, 2018

Besides Coke, Orangina is the other soda my partner’s go-to soda.  With a 1.75L of Orangina costing $3.50+, it adds up if you drink two of those a week.  But if you have a jar of ginger bug ready to go and 4 oranges sitting at home, I’ll show you how you can make two 1.25L bottles of Probiotic Orangina at the convenience of your home. Even if you buy your oranges from Whole Foods, it won’t cost you more than $2 for 2 bottles.  

Why make it yourself if you can easily grab it at the store?

Honestly, money aside, I prefer making my own sodas at home.  Not only does it give me all the creative control over the flavors of soda I want, but I can also monitor the amount of sugar my family will consume.  Additionally, probiotic soda contains strings of bacteria that are good for our digestive system

I’d also included an alternative recipe below.  In the event you feel that my original Orangina recipe is too strong (strong as in “too orange-y”), instead of using ALL four oranges, split the recipe in half.  Halve two of the oranges, squeeze the juice into the boiling water and add the peels together with the meat from only two oranges. With the other two oranges, you can remove the peels and discard them, use an orange squeezer to squeeze the juice of those two oranges into the soup. Then add the meat into the soup as well.  

What to do with the unused orange peels:

Make orange-scented all-purpose cleaner!  Here’s the recipe.

What you’ll need to make the Probiotic Orangina:

Pot big enough for 8-10 cups of water

(Optional: Stainless Steel) Filter 

2 fermentation grade flip-top bottles (Affiliate link)

The following ingredients:

4 organic navel oranges

6 cups of filtered water

½ cup of organic cane sugar

Two ½ cups of ginger bug

Original Probiotic Orangina recipe:

Probiotic Orangina
  1. As you boil the 6-cups of water
  2. Halve your oranges, squeeze out the juice and add it to your boiling water
  3. Add the peels and squeezed out oranges into the boiling water/soup as well
  4. Once the soup begins to boil, turn the heat down to simmer
  5. Simmer for 20-25 minutes (do put the lid on but leave a crack; you don’t want too much of your soup to evaporate nor do you want it to boil over)
  6. Turn off the heat and add ½ cup of sugar
  7. Once the sugar is dissolved, filter out the oranges and pulp
  8. You will eventually dilute the soup with filtered water.  So, divide the soup up evenly into two 1.25L bottles***. This recipe is good for two 1.25 bottles.  So, divide the soup evenly into two bottles.
  9. Once the soup is evenly divided into two bottles, add filtered water (it has to be filtered; otherwise, the chemicals in our water will kill the bacteria in the ginger bug.  As you fill the water, be cognizant that you will also be adding ½ cup of ginger bug PLUS you will need to leave some room for the carbonation. The pressure builds up from the carbonation will make the glass explode and you will end up with a gigantic mess to clean up.
  10. Once you fill the bottles up with water, close the flip top and gently shake the bottle to even out the cooler water with the hot soup.  Before you add the ½ cup of ginger bug, you need the solution to be in room temperature or up to 120F. If the solution is too hot, it will also kill the bug.  
  11. Once the solution is cooled to room temperature, add ½ cup of ginger bug.  
  12. Depending on your room’s temperature, it will take anywhere from several hours to 2 days for the ginger bug to do the work and transform your solution into probiotic orangina.  If this is your first time making soda at your home, you should “burp” your soda every 5 hours or so.
  13. You’ll know the soda is ready for refrigeration if, when you flip open the top, you hear a burp and a fizz sound.  It’s hard to miss because you’ll also see bubbles rapidly rushing up to the surface and all you really want to do is to flip the top back on as soon as you can.  

I know it seems like a lot of work and intimidating.  But once you do it twice, making probiotic soda is like a walk in the park.  

***bottles: If you only have non-fermentation grade flip-top bottles at home as I do, just keep an eye out of your soda and burp it every 5 hours or so.  I’ve experienced the pressure-blast several times. It’s REALLY messy.

I’ve also seen recipes that recommend you to use a plastic soda bottle.  As the pressure from the carbonation builds up, the plastic bottle will harden. If you opt to use a plastic bottle for your first few attempts, you may want to temper the hot soup with filtered water so it won’t melt the plastic bottle.  

Alternative recipe

This alternative recipe is for those who find the orangey flavor a bit too overpowering.  

Follow all the steps as if you’re making the Original version.  But instead of using the peels from all four oranges, just use two.  You can save the peels from those two oranges for a lungs-friendly, orange-scented all-purpose cleaner.  

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