Earl Grey Cola

Earl Grey Cola

Earl Grey Cola

This homemade cola gets its sweetness from evaporated cane juice, a lower-processed type of cane sugar, rather than relying on high fructose corn syrup. Molasses, spices and vanilla impart a natural cola taste. Selzer water and citrus add bubbly zip, rather than chemicals used in traditional soda.

Earl Grey Cola

1 1/2 cups evaporated cane juice

2 cups water

Zest and juice of 2 oranges, divided

Zest of 1 lemon, divided, and juice of 2 lemons

Zest and juice of 1 lime, divided

2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon minced ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger)

1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg

4 Earl Grey tea bags

1 tablespoon molasses

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

56 ounces plain selzer water

Combine the evaporated cane juice, water, citrus zests only, coriander, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add citrus juice, molasses and vanilla. Allow to cool. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.

To serve, pour 1/4 cup of the finished syrup over ice in a glass. Pour in 4-6 ounces of selzer, depending on preferred sweetness, and stir.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time

Makes 14 servings, 1 16-ounce glass with ice each

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 98 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 4 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 g total carbohydrate (0 g fiber), 0 g protein, 0% DV iron, 0% DV calcium, 0% DV Vitamin A, 14% DV Vitamin C.

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Earl Grey Cola

Earl Grey Cola

By Michelle Dudash, Chef and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Published: March 11, 2015

  • Yield: servings (16 ounces with ice) (14 Servings)
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10, plus cooling time mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

This homemade cola gets its sweetness from evaporated cane juice, a lower-processed type of cane sugar, rather than relying on high fructose corn syrup. Molasses, spices and vanilla impart a natural cola taste. Selzer water and citrus add bubbly zip, rather than chemicals used in traditional soda.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the evaporated cane juice, water, citrus zests only, coriander, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add citrus juice, molasses and vanilla. Allow to cool. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To serve, pour 1/4 cup of the finished syrup over ice in a glass. Pour in 4-6 ounces of selzer, depending on preferred sweetness, and stir.

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