I LOVE turmeric bug soda, ginger beer and turmeric & ginger soda. They just feel so healthy! Bright yellow, sparkling and not too sweet, it’s a good-for-you treat that is perfect served over ice on a sunny day.
There are a lot of reasons to love turmeric bug soda:
- Healthy: Fermented turmeric is a popular supplement with a dose of science to back the claims. It improves liver function, is high in immune-regulating antioxidants and anti-inflammatory curcumin.
- Refreshing: This naturally sparkling beverage is refreshing and delicious. A perfect alternative to commercial soda pop.
- Probiotic: Fermented beverages are naturally probiotic!
- Low-sugar: Turmeric soda must be brewed with sugar since sugar is what feeds the probiotic culture. However, you get to decide how sweet the final beverage will be. For a low-sugar beverage allow it to brew for an extra week or two.
- Affordable: It cost less than $1 to make your own bottle of turmeric soda.
Turmeric Bug Starter
Turmeric bug starter is really, really easy to make at home. In about 5 days you can have a happy bubbling starter. Here’s what you need to know to make your own turmeric bug.
- To make turmeric bug starter, follow my recipe for ginger bug starter. Just replace the freshly grated ginger with turmeric root. Otherwise, the steps are identical.
- Turmeric bug cannot be made with powdered turmeric. You need fresh turmeric root. The skin is important for helping to catch the turmeric bug.
- Ginger bug starter can be used to brew turmeric soda and vice-versa. They really are interchangeable. I’m always brewing one or the other or both together for an immune-boosting mix.
Flavouring Turmeric Bug Soda
Turmeric soda can be flavoured just like ginger bug sodas. Replace part of the liquid with juice or tea. Or add spices and other flavours to the brew.
Here are a few ways to experiment with flavours.
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 turmeric bug sodas with spices, dried fruits, vanilla bean or citrus zest
If you need more inspiration, try a few of my favourite flavour combinations.Print
Turmeric Bug Sodas
Turmeric bug sodas are a healthy and delicious alternative to soda pop. Made with naturally fermented turmeric, it’s sparkling, sweet and probiotic!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 3 1/2 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 1/2 cups water (see notes for alternatives)
- 3–6 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup turmeric bug starter (see section above for details)
- 4 tbsp finely grated fresh turmeric
- Mix all of the ingredients in a 1-quart glass jar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Cover with a piece of cloth or coffee filter held in place with a rubber band or metal ring. Place the jar somewhere warm and dark to ferment for 3 days and give it a good stir each day. Turmeric bug needs air for proper fermentation so don’t seal it during this initial ferment.
- After 3 days there should have bubbles forming at the top of the jar. Strain the mixture and bottle it. You will need to use a bottle that can handle the carbonation. See notes for more details.
- Allow the turmeric soda to ferment for a further 1 to 2 weeks to build up the carbonation.
- Once it’s fizzy, store the turmeric soda in the refrigerator. Consume within four weeks of refrigeration.
- Turmeric sodas can be flavoured in all sorts of different ways. The water can be replaced 1 to 1 with brewed tea or juice. You can add herbs and spices. Check out the section above for more details.
- Turmeric bug soda cannot be made with powdered turmeric. If you are unable to find fresh turmeric, I recommend making a less spicy ginger beer then adding 2 tbsp of powdered turmeric to the ferment.
- The amount of sugar used will affect the final sweetness of the beverage. Using at least 3 tbsp is necessary to properly carbonate. Add more sugar if you enjoy sweet beverages.
- Use swing-top beer bottles or plastic pop bottles which will both be able to handle the carbonation. Decorative bottles aren’t strong enough and might break.
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