How to: Make Your Own Victorian Soda Pop

Join Black Creek’s Victoria as she reveals how to make your own sparkling and refreshing summer drinks — 19th-century style!

Follow along as she makes two classic Victorian soda pop recipes — fizzy lemonade and ginger beer — from scratch!

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You will need:

For Fizzy Lemonade:

Adapted from “For a Summer Draught”, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861). Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice — about the juice of one lemon
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • (Optional) lemon slices to garnish

You will also need: a glass, a spoon, and a citrus reamer or juicer.

For Ginger Beer:

Adapted from “An Excellent Ginger Beer”, The Home Cookbook (1877) and “Ginger Beer”, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861). Ingredients:

  • 10 cups of boiling water
  • ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
  • 14 g ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ tsp active dry yeast

You will also need: a strainer, a large pitcher or bowl, a funnel, and one 2L bottle or two 1L bottles with a secure top. (A glass bottle is traditional, but a plastic one is highly recommended!)

ginger beer recipe from Victorian cookbook


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