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Eatsy: Plum & Ginger Natural Soda From Brooklyn Soda Works

Sep 8, 2010

by kittykatherine

Nowadays a lot of folks are popping up with alternatives to commercially available foods. One such newbie is Brooklyn Soda Works and we couldn’t be more glad they’re here.

Their origins are humble enough: Caroline Mak and Antonio Ramos, an artist and a chemist by training, looked everywhere for a ginger-y “ginger beer” but came up empty. So they made their own, it was great, and they decided to make more. They filled out an application and started selling at a local hot spot, the Brooklyn Flea market.

Soon, foodies took notice. BSW’s sodas are seasonal, refreshing, unique, never too sweet and always just right. Their operation is thoughtful and principled. Fresh squeezed fruit — much of it sourced from an orchard in upstate New York, Red Jacket Orchard — is carbonated and lightly sweetened, chilled and poured straight from kegs, no ice necessary. Their sodas change weekly and the flavors, inspired by dishes and cocktails Caroline and Antonio enjoy, are sophisticated and unexpected. Cucumber-lime-sea-salt, rhubarb-ginger-star-anise and grapefruit-jalapeño-honey are a few flavors that please.

With talented newbies like these stepping forth, operations like the Flea (where BSW’s sodas are sold every Saturday) are providing new platforms for talented food-inspired DIY-ers. Another organization supporting these industrious artisans are Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Their 7th annual Harvest Fest, taking place October 2, will have a market where food artisans, Brooklyn Soda Works among them, will sell their creations.

Etsy also hopes to provide a platform, support and encouragement to all those interested in bringing their delicious food stuffs to the marketplace. While you write up your business plans or test your recipes, sip on this soda from BSW, the perfect late summer to early fall treat.

Thank you, Caroline and Antonio, for sharing. For more information on BSW, check out their pretty blog.


Plum & Ginger Carbonated Juice (or Soda)
Makes 1 liter; serves 3-4 people

3/4 pounds of plums
600 ml water
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
Fresh ginger
The iSi soda siphon or seltzer water

Simmer the plums in the 600ml of water. They will start to break apart and soften after five minutes or so. Mash them with a wooden spoon until they fall apart, for approximately ten more minutes.

soda-finished.jpgSet a fine mesh sieve over a deep bowl and filter the plum mixture through, collecting the plum juice.

Add the turbinado sugar to the plum juice.

Grate enough fresh ginger to collect about 2-3 tablespoons of juice and add it to the plum juice.

Add enough cold water to make up to one liter of plum and ginger juice. Cool in fridge.

Pour the juice into the soda siphon; making sure the liquid is as cold as possible beforehand because it aids in absorption of carbon dioxide. Carbonate and serve!

If you don’t want to purchase a soda siphon, simmer the plum juice so it thickens and reduces slightly, and then add enough seltzer to get a bubbly refreshing drink.

All photos courtesy of Brooklyn Soda Works.


  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this fun article! I love that soda recipe and look forward to giving it a try! Kitty-you look like the actress Jennifer Garner.

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    I will definitely have to drop by the Brooklyn flea to try cucumber lime sea salt soda! Beverages without the synthetic flavorings/sweeteners are so hard to find - keep up the great work. Hopefully we'll start seeing restaurants and cafes carry fresh soda on tap, instead of coke/pepsi.

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop said 6 years ago

    I must find them! The entire concept is fabulous and the flavors sound delicious!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 6 years ago

    Awesome article + the recipe sounds delicious! My husband just made ginger ale with lemongrass + hot peppers the other day, but we had to use bottled seltzer water. I'm so happy to know about the Isi- I've been looking for an affordable solution. Thanks Kitty!

  • GoblinSupermarket

    GoblinSupermarket said 6 years ago

    Oh wow! Thanks for this post, you just gave me a plan for the day. I love the recipe and can't wait to make it.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Sounds so good!

  • laurrose

    laurrose said 6 years ago

    Yay Antonio! So happy for your success. Can't wait to try some.

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 6 years ago

    This is amazing! I love soda and this sounds delicious!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    MMMMM, looks good!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    the combinations of flavors are quite nice. thinking of possible fall flavors.

  • KingsDownRoad

    KingsDownRoad said 6 years ago


  • yukarilove

    yukarilove said 6 years ago

    Sounds sooo delicious! *_*

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    I must try this!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 6 years ago

    It would be so cool to see this type of soda sold on Etsy!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    yum! i want to try the cucumber, lime, and sea salt!

  • SewMuchMoreDecor

    SewMuchMoreDecor said 6 years ago

    That sounds amazing, I cant wait to try this!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Sweet! What a different twist! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Love the soda recipe.Want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • norajane

    norajane said 6 years ago

    I agree with Emilybidwell. And I would buy some RIGHT NOW.

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 6 years ago

    And I just got thirsty from reading this. Thanks :)

  • editionbw

    editionbw said 6 years ago

    oh plums, my favourite, this sounds so good! I gotta try, cheers for the recipe!

  • MaineHarbour

    MaineHarbour said 6 years ago

    i would like to try this! awesome write up.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 6 years ago

    mmmmm... sounds delish!!!

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 6 years ago

    The flavors sound so good that I'm ready for sampling. Great to share the recipe!

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    Mmmmmmmmm yum yum yum!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    sounds delish & refreshing!!!

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 6 years ago

    That recipe sounds soooo good!

  • Petitecharm

    Petitecharm said 6 years ago

    sounds great. Now i know what to do with all those plums i have on my tree

  • toniemarie

    toniemarie said 6 years ago

    That sounds good!

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 6 years ago

    Mmmm...Can't wait to try that recipe out.:)

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 6 years ago

    Mmmm...can't wait to try that recipe out.:)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    I'd like to try this soda - we love fresh ginger in our cooking

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great recipe! Sounds so refreshing!

  • cooksie

    cooksie said 6 years ago

    that looks so good!

  • PurpleDeerVintage

    PurpleDeerVintage said 6 years ago

    And...I'm hungry.

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    I love original ideas! Long may your fresh sodas flow freely.

  • KandMdesign

    KandMdesign said 6 years ago

    Looks yummy!!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Looks good!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    I am very intrigued by the grapefruit-jalapeño-honey flavor soda. Sounds amazing!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Plum & ginger! Sounds delicious, must try this recipe asap. True ginger beer really is hard to find.

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    sounds soooooo good!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    We love Brooklyn Foodies!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    fabulous recipe - thank you! we just splurged for a Sodastream so we can make our own at home - so far we've just done plain water, but this looks like a great step into the flavors. i love how everything you make is syrup-free.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 6 years ago

    WOW. Sounds so amazing!

  • bungaloe

    bungaloe said 6 years ago

    sounds scrumptious

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    We used to make our own ginger beer but it was a lot of work Can you buy this in CT?

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 6 years ago

    Sounds amazing and feels yummy!

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 6 years ago


  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Sounds Delicious. Great story!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago


  • 3squares

    3squares said 6 years ago

    plum and ginger? yumMY! thanks so much for another wonderful edible story.

  • purposedesign

    purposedesign said 6 years ago

    love the flavor pairings!! I am a gingerholic too, can't get enough ginger beer or ginger tea. yum!

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 6 years ago

    Ginger is one of my absolute favorites when paired with something sweet!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    THANKS for the soda recipe sounds great hope you a lot of sucess

  • thebeadedlily

    thebeadedlily said 6 years ago

    How mouthwatering!!!! I soo want some!

  • bellaDdesign

    bellaDdesign said 6 years ago

    Wow never thought of making it myself...moght even give it try!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Sounds so refreshing!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 6 years ago

    Another great sounding recipe! Sounds so delish!

  • joclothing

    joclothing said 6 years ago

    sounds so good!

  • ilovemysoldier03

    ilovemysoldier03 said 6 years ago

    Sounds good! Makes me thirsty!

  • LovaliaDesign

    LovaliaDesign said 6 years ago

    Wow can't wait to try it. I would be fun to have a make your own soda party!

  • ScreamingCheeToes

    ScreamingCheeToes said 6 years ago

    sounds yummy! would be great for a family/friend get together!

  • almostsunday

    almostsunday said 6 years ago

    oh, this sounds sooooo good!!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Look so yummy!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    Smart business idea - good on you :-)

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 6 years ago


  • ElizabethOHaraGlass

    ElizabethOHaraGlass said 6 years ago

    It's always great to find a new recipe - and for a homemade soda - how awesome is that? Impress your family & friends !! Love it. Good luck to you for great success - and thanks for providing a great alternative to "typical" sodas! Love the post, too.

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 6 years ago

    Oh wow!! Wish I could try their interesting sounding drinks. Thanks for the Plum & Ginger recipe. I think I'll go try it..... :0)

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 6 years ago

    Sweet! In more ways than one!

  • CarylsCreations

    CarylsCreations said 6 years ago

    What a great new refreshing beverage. I'm not one for carbonated drinks but I do love love a ginger beverage. The plum ginger would be super for our fall get together; I may just have to talk my son into trying this out. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Carylanne

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    Fun! LeafandInk

  • SoapSoapSoap

    SoapSoapSoap said 6 years ago

    omg nomnomnom

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads said 6 years ago

    how COOL!

  • lilycobweb

    lilycobweb said 6 years ago

    I was just looking for a recipe for ginger beer! This one is amazing! Thank you:)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    I wish I was there to try in real life!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Awesome article as always :)) Thanks so much !

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    I love reading about people who have great ideaas and are successful with them!! Good for you, congradulations and much luck in the future!! (I just made plum jam and it is awesome!)

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 6 years ago

    Sounds great!

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 6 years ago

    what an amazing article! kitty this is just wonderful! the recipe will be experimented with this weekend for sure and this gives me a bigger boost to hop on a bus -- three subways and get some freshly brewed magical bubbles at the brooklyn flea! i sure commend carolyn and mark for their creations! i am just in love with this article -- the recipe -- the whole idea and the art from fellow etsians is picture perfect. i love the food articles and especially love it when it has a vegetarian base to it : ) thank you for sharing this with us and taking the time to make us smile!

  • DelicateDaisy

    DelicateDaisy said 6 years ago

    mmmm... sounds delicious & I would have never thought of making my own soda at home! What a great idea!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago

    delicious and sensual ;)

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 6 years ago

    ginger beer is my favorite soda...and I LOVE artisan food...rotating seasonal creations are the absolute best!

  • TheSavvyShopper1

    TheSavvyShopper1 said 6 years ago

    I love being inspired first thing in the morning! Great story!

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 6 years ago

    Super the unique soda flavors!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    love ginger soda!

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago


  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    NIce work! Be proud Brooklyn Soda!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    I wish I could taste some of their tasty bubbles! Alas.. I am on the opposite side of the country. :/ How very generous to share a recipe! I adore artisan, old-fashioned sodas!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 6 years ago

    Great idea & TY for sharing their story!!! :)

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

    Can't wait to try this!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Best of luck to Caroline and Antonio. Looking up "turbinado sugar" ...

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 6 years ago

    That sounds tasty. Since I am in Brooklyn, I hope to see them at a fair so that I can taste.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    How refreshing!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    sounds yummy!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    I love all kinds of different sodas...and these sound wonderful! If you are ever in Kingman Az and love Rootbeer, don't miss stopping at Mr. D's on Route 66....they make a rootbeer that has a caramel flavor...delicious!

  • IrinaArtSmi

    IrinaArtSmi said 6 years ago

    very good ideas !!!

  • GallusTreeCreations

    GallusTreeCreations said 6 years ago

    Great story, very inspiring, and I wish I could just transport myself over to Brooklyin for the flea market and try everything, they all sound delicious,

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart said 6 years ago

    Sounds delish! Love reading about young, imaginative entrepeneurs! Much success to Caroline and Antonio and Thank you Kitty for this "sweet" article!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Jalepeno & honey sounds very interesting.... Love the idea and what a wonderful story. Keep up the fantastic work Caroline & Antonio!

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love ginger beer! Will have to give yours a try. My adopted daughter, Roz, grew up in Brooklyn and I am always amazed at the brilliant and creative people who live there. What a city!

  • poupees

    poupees said 6 years ago

    Thank for sharing ....wish you were in Toronto.

  • CraftedRoots

    CraftedRoots said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I've always wanted to try making soda. :) The variety of flavours is intriguing!

  • LauraJer

    LauraJer said 6 years ago

    Wow, good on them! I'd love to have the courage to do something like this and the recipes look so delicious. It's such hard work starting up any new venture but they're doing so well, I wish them all the best!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 6 years ago

    Wow! How very cool! I hope I can attend next time I make it to Brooklyn!

  • RetroRachelville

    RetroRachelville said 6 years ago

    Lovely!! Wish I were in Brooklyn...

  • thetimetravel

    thetimetravel said 6 years ago

    great recipe ! I want to drink right now ! :D

  • LindaDillonDesigns

    LindaDillonDesigns said 6 years ago

    Never thought to make my own soda! great article!

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