Ginger but is a homemade probiotic culture that is made from sugar and fresh ginger. It only takes around 5 days to make and is reliably easy for newbie fermenters. You can check out my recipe for ginger bug here.
Ginger Bug Soda Flavours
Traditionally ginger bug is used to make spicy ginger beer. However it can also be turned into all sorts of different flavoured soda pops.
Here are a few different ways to add flavour to ginger bug soda:
- Juice: I recommend using clear juices, like blueberry, apple or pomegranate. If you want a sparkling lemonade then use just 1/2 cup of lemon juice mixed into filtered water. Avoid juices that have added preservatives, as they will slow down or stop the fermentation.
- Teas: Unlike jun or kombucha, you can use any flavour of tea for your ginger bug sodas. Herbal, black or green teas will all add a unique flavour.
- Other additions: You can also flavour the ginger soda with spices, dried fruits, vanilla bean or citrus zest
Favourite Flavour Combinations
When experimenting with flavouring ginger bug sodas, don’t forget that the hint of ginger will always be there. Here are a few of my favourite flavours.
These should all be brewed according to the general recipe at the bottom of the post. You always need to add some sugar (to feed the ginger bug and carbonate the drink) and 3 1/2 cups of liquid.
- Strong and Spicy Ginger Beer: Traditional ginger beer is hot and spicy, and sometimes it even includes hot pepper! Here’s my recipe ginger beer.
- Ginger Lemonade: Use 1/2 cup of lemon juice mixed with 3 cups of filtered water along with the zest from 2 lemons.
- Pomegranate Punch: Use 2 cups of pomegranate juice with 1 1/2 cups of filtered water for a bright pink concoction (as seen in the photo above).
- Iced Chia: Brew chai tea with 2 tbsp of honey in addition to the sugar. The honey will add both flavour and sweetness. Stir a little bit of milk or cream into the glass before serving.
- White Mint: Brew white tea, add in 3 large sprigs of fresh mint leaves.
- Cream soda: Brew black tea, add in 1/4 cup of raisins and 1 vanilla bean split in half.
- Gingered Peach: Finely chop 1 peach and mix with green tea for the 3 1/2 cups of liquid.
- Immune Booster: Use 1/2 cup of cranberry juice, 2 tbsp of grated fresh turmeric, and the juice and zest from 1 lemon.
- Turmeric Soda: Bright yellow turmeric soda is a perfect alternative for anyone who can’t handle the spice of ginger. Fresh turmeric and ginger are completely interchangeable, and I often use a mix of both.
- Holiday Ginger ale: Cranberry ginger ale is a winter tradition in Canada. Though the bright red beverage is delicious at any time of year.
Ginger Bug Soda Pop
Ginger bug sodas are the easiest homemade probiotic soda pop. Ginger bug can be flavoured in all sorts of different ways. Experiment to find your own favourite combination or use one of my suggestions from the section above.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Traditional
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 1/2 cups water, fruit juice or brewed tea
- Spices, fruit and other flavour additions (See the section above for recommended flavours)
- 3–6 tbsp sugar (see notes for more details)
- 1/4 cup ginger bug starter
- Mix the liquid with the sugar, flavour additions and ginger bug starter. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Cover with a piece of cloth or a coffee filter held in place with a rubber band or metal ring. Place somewhere warm and allow to ferment for 3-5 days (stirring each day).
- Once the mixture has begun to bubble, strain the soda and bottle it.
- Allow the bottled sodas to ferment at room temperature for a further 5-7 days to build up the carbonation.
- Once it’s fizzy, refrigerate and enjoy! Ginger bug sodas are best if consumed within four weeks of bottling.
- The ginger bug feeds on sucrose, so you need to use sugar or coconut palm sugar in this recipe. Over time more and more of the sugar will be consumed by the ginger bug, so if it seems to sweet, then let it ferment a little bit longer. It is possible to reduce the amount of sugar, however, the soda will not be as carbonated.
- You can use straight juice as the liquid for a very sweet ginger bug soda. Since juice is high in fructose, the sweetness won’t be consumed by the ginger bug. Otherwise, I recommend a mix of 1/3 juice and either water or brewed tea.
- Finished ginger bug sodas will continue to build up carbonation. Use plastic pop bottles or swing-top bottles (affiliate link) that can handle the pressure of carbonation. Test the carbonation by popping open the bottles.
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