August 14, 2012
Pat's Backcountry Beverages (with Ginger Ale Recipe)
"Gee Chris, we already have portable carbonated beverages. What the hell do you think fits in your koozie, a handful of soda (or beer)?"
Pat's Carbonator is the answer. With some soda or beer concentrate you can "have a cold one" out in the bush without having to lug it in yourself. Of course you'd need access to cold water, which shouldn't be a problem if you are out in the mountains. Out in the desert....well I guess a warm soda is better than no soda at all.
Here is a quick video of the Carbonator in action:
Right now the soda concentrates they have available are Terra Cola, Pomegranate Cola, Lemon-Lime, Root Beer, and Ginger Ale.
As an added bonus, they have four recipes for cola concentrates (I don't know if they are the same concentrates or basic home-use concentrates). I'll share one here to whet your appetite. You can find the rest of them on Pat's Backcountry Beverages.
1/2 quart of water
1/4 tsp citric acid
1/3 cup fresh grated ginger root
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups organic sugar
Simmer all flavorings with water for 20 to 30 min. remove from heat, strain out the pulp, and blend in sugar. Top off with cold water to make 1/2 quart of syrup total.
Store in Refrigerator.
When you are ready to make a drink, dilute the syrup at approximately 1 part syrup to 4 partswater, then carbonate.