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:
- 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.
- Cola-Brined Chicken Wings
The cola seems to give the wings an extra sweet crisp when you bite in.
- Lemon-Lime Soda Pound Cake
The addition of the lemon-lime soda seems to give this cake a delicious, extra crunchy outer layer.
- Soda-Baked Apples
Thank you, Paula Deen! This is probably one of my most favorite ways to eat an apple.
- Cherry Balsamic Short Ribs
Cherries and short ribs? Yes, please!
- Diet Soda Cake
A two-ingredient recipe is hard to beat!
- Cola Pork Chops
Ketchup, brown sugar, cola and pork chops – it doesn’t get much simpler.
- 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.
- Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Red Licorice Filling and Marshmallow Frosting
…I think the title says it all.
- 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.