Raw Ginger Beer Recipe

Raw Natural Ginger Beer

This is a super simple recipe for a delicious ginger beer soda. Best of all, it is raw and completely natural! If your ginger bug is in good health, this will make a very fizzy drink and you won’t ever crave for a modern day soda again. You can also use this recipe as a base for delicious fruit flavored shrubs and cocktails! Enjoy!

Ingredients (Recipe As-Is Makes A Little Over 2 Quarts)

4 inches ginger, juiced
1-2 lemons, juiced
2 quarts water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup active ginger bug


1. Juice the ginger WITH the skin on if it is organic!

2. Add everything together, and taste-test. If you think the ginger is too strong, add more water. If you’d like it stronger, juice a bit more ginger. Keep in mind it tends to taste stronger after fermentation! Maybe because of all the bubbles? 🙂

3. Put into bottles (swingtops and recycled jars such as those used for apple cider vinegar get the bubbliest in my experience) and let ferment 1 day – 2 weeks.

Possibly because my house is always on the warmer side, my soda is usually very bubbly after a day or two. I then put them in the fridge to chill until  the flavor is perfect, generally another 2 days. I don’t like it too sweet, but don’t like it alcoholic either!

NOTE: I haven’t had the chance to try these with honey just yet, but plan to soon. If you try it before I do, let me know how it goes!

This recipe is a raw version of the one posted in Wild Fermentation.

Naturally Fermented Pineapple Ginger Soda

Naturally Fermented Pineapple Ginger Soda
So easy to make and yet, so delicious!

Naturally Fermented Pineapple Ginger Soda (Makes 50 Ounces)

48oz Pineapple Juice (canned will work, but it should just be pineapple!)
0.5-1oz Ginger Juice (freshly pressed please!)
¼ cup Active Ginger Bug

1. In a large pitcher with a spout, pour the pineapple juice.

2. Mix in the ginger juice a little at a time, and taste until you like it. If you accidentally add too much ginger, you can add more pineapple juice or dilute with some water. Work slowly and carefully!

3. Add the ¼ cup ginger bug, mix well and pour into tightly lidded jars. Leave at least an inch of space in a mason jar, 3-4 inches in a flip-top. Close and let it ferment for 1-3 days. Check daily, because mine is always super fizzy in less than one! Once fizzy, move to fridge.

Enjoy it cold but open carefully! Mine always bubbles over! Let me know if you like this flavor…I’ll be sharing some more of my personal favorites in the coming weeks.

Featured in the Paleo AIP Roundtable @ Phoenix Helix.

How To Make A Ginger Bug

I first learned how to make a ginger bug from Jane over at Fermenter’s Kitchen. Since then I have enjoyed the natural sodas I can use the bug to create even more than water kefir!

Ginger bug creates super fizzy and refreshing sodas such as this one and is the ultimate choice for anyone struggling with soda addiction. With clean flavors that leave you feeling better than you did before consuming instead of worse, you will be able to say no to soda cravings!

The best part is that it is very easy to make. All you need is a jar, water, ginger, sugar, and a little time (about 5-7 days).

Ginger Bug Starter

1 cup water
FRESH Ginger WITH SKIN (get at least 1/2 lb)

1. Put a cup of water in your jar, and add 3 tsp grated ginger and 2 tsps of sugar and stir, stir, stir! You want to incorporate LOTS of bubbles. If you just slice the ginger finely, it will still be OK.

2. You are going to be adding the 3 tsp ginger and 2 tsp sugar every day, and stirring as often as you remember to incorporate more bubbles.

3. Once your bug starts to fizz, you’re almost there! Keep following Step 2 until it’s really fizzy and hisses at you. Then you can start using it to make sodas right away or close it and stick it in th fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Caring For Your Ginger Bug
  • Always reserve at least 1/4 cup and replace water as much as you removed so you can keep your bug going. Some have had theirs for years!
  • Try and remember to feed it once in a while. I’m bad at this! I sometimes forget to feed mine for weeks and it gets really alcoholic but it still makes great soda. If I want the hint of alcohol gone, I’ll pour out most of the liquid (maybe leaving a tbsp) and all the ginger, add lots of fresh ginger and a couple tablespoons of sugar and let it sit out and get bubbly again. But most of the time I just use as is.
Recipes For When Your Bug Is Ready!

Raw Ginger Beer

Natural Pineapple Ginger Soda

I’ll be sharing more of my favorite natural soda recipes in the weeks to come, so get started on your ginger bug and stay tuned!