Ginger Bug Soda Pop

How to make ginger bug soda - the easiest fermented and probiotic soda pop

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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.


  • 3 1/2 cups water, fruit juice or brewed tea
  • Spices, fruit and other flavour additions (See the section above for recommended flavours)
  • 36 tbsp sugar (see notes for more details)
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug starter


  1. Mix the liquid with the sugar, flavour additions and ginger bug starter. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. 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).
  3. Once the mixture has begun to bubble, strain the soda and bottle it.
  4. Allow the bottled sodas to ferment at room temperature for a further 5-7 days to build up the carbonation.
  5. 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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