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3-Ingredient Unripe Pinecone Soda

If you don't have green (unripe) pinyon pinecones, other local unripe pinecones will likely work. All true pines are technically edible so you can use most any kind. For soda though you need flavorful pinecones like white pine or else your soda may not have much flavor. It's important to check the flavor as it ferments and don't let it go too long or the pine flavor can get too strong!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 gallon springwater
  • 2 unripe pinecones


  • Fill a 1/2 gallon (1.89L) jar with springwater.
  • Add 3/4 cup (150g) sugar and a couple of unripe pinecones to the jar.
  • Screw the lid on the jar loosely so fermentation gases can escape. Shake the jar for about 10 seconds, 3 times each day. Fermentation should start within 2-3 days.
  • Start tasting it after about 3 days, adding more sugar if you want more alcohol.
  • When you like the flavor, stop shaking it. Strain and pour the liquid into bottles.
  • Check the pressure after about a day (more info is in the book about how to do so). When you're happy with the amount of carbonation, put the soda in the fridge and drink it the next day or within a week.