Fermented Turmeric Sodas

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Turmeric sodas are a healthy and delicious alternative to soda pop. Made with naturally fermented turmeric, it’s sparkling, sweet and probiotic!


  • 3 1/2 cups water (see notes for alternatives)
  • 36 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup turmeric bug starter (see the section above for details on how to make a starter)
  • 4 tbsp finely grated fresh turmeric


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a 1-quart glass jar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. 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 to 7 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.
  3. Once there are 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.
  4. Allow the turmeric soda to ferment for a further 1 to 2 weeks to build up the carbonation. 
  5. 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 (affiliate link) or plastic pop bottles which will be able to handle the carbonation. Decorative bottles aren’t strong enough and might break.

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