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10 Recipes Using Flat Soda Pop

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We really don’t drink that much soda at our house, so when we do wind up with a 2 liter bottle – either after a small house party or when someone gets a tummy ache – we end up letting whatever’s left sit in the fridge until it goes flat. I always feel awful about just pouring the flat soda down the drain, so I decided to see if there were any recipes that make use of soda, either flat or fully carbonated. And there are! In fact, just about any recipe that calls for the use of beer can use a soda such as ginger ale as a substitute. Following are several great recipes that can help you use up that old soda without worrying about wastage:

  1.  Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Ginger Ale Sauce
    Eggs, cream, bread, oatmeal and apples – you can’t go wrong with a combination like that! Instead of the apple pie filling called for in this recipe, I simply cooked down two cups of peeled apple slices with half a cup of sugar, some water, and a bit of lemon zest.
  2. Cola-Brined Chicken Wings
    The cola seems to give the wings an extra sweet crisp when you bite in.
  3. Lemon-Lime Soda Pound Cake
    The addition of the lemon-lime soda seems to give this cake a delicious, extra crunchy outer layer.
  4. Soda-Baked Apples
    Thank you, Paula Deen! This is probably one of my most favorite ways to eat an apple.
  5. Cherry Balsamic Short Ribs
    Cherries and short ribs? Yes, please!
  6. Diet Soda Cake
    A two-ingredient recipe is hard to beat!
  7. Cola Pork Chops
    Ketchup, brown sugar, cola and pork chops – it doesn’t get much simpler.
  8. Coca-Cola Barbeque Sauce
    Instead of liquid smoke, you can use 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika. It isn’t as smoky, of course, but it works in a pinch.
  9. Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Red Licorice Filling and Marshmallow Frosting
    …I think the title says it all.
  10. Beer (or Soda!) Can Chicken
    You can’t have a soda recipe list without beer/soda can chicken. This one even comes with its own cola-based barbeque sauce recipe! Even though the alcohol in the beer boils off, the beer can is easily replaced by a soda can if you’d rather avoid the use of alcoholic beverages.
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Author: Kristin Hackler

Kristin Hackler is a freelance writer and editor. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, her son Edward, a hound dog and a very self-centered orange cat.

One thought on “10 Recipes Using Flat Soda Pop

  1. Kristin, these are some very interesting recipes who would’ve thought that so many treats could be made with flat pop. Amazing! I don’t know about the cola pork chops, but the chocolate cherry cupcakes look fantastic.

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