Pineapple Ginger Soda Recipe (Easy, Natural Ferment)

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Pineapple Ginger Soda All-Natural

Pineapple ginger soda is so easy to make, and sooo healthy, delicious and refreshing! This is easily my family’s favorite lacto-fermented beverage, and I’m sure your family will love it, too.

It is reminiscent of Jamaican pineapple ginger soda, except so much better! And did I mention healthy? This fermented pineapple juice tastes good, and is good for you, too!

If you have a picky family, fermented drinks such as this one are great to get them started enjoying the health benefits of natural probiotics. It is well-received by picky children. This drink is safe for those on the candida diet, GAPS diet, SIBO diet, etc. Ahh, finally something you can enjoy!

This drink requires using an active ginger bug as the starter. A ginger bug is starter culture, basically a “sourdough starter” for fermented beverages such as this one or this raw ginger beer soda. You can learn how to make a ginger bug by clicking here.

Can I use water kefir instead of ginger bug?

If you’re asking this question, I’m guessing you already have water kefir available, but don’t yet have a ginger bug. While you can use water kefir as a starter for this recipe, it will not be as fizzy, and you may have to play around with the starter amount.

Ginger bug is a very potent starter–it is very strong and makes super fizzy drinks! It is also very easy to make, so I would recommend that you start a ginger bug today! Ginger bug also severely cuts down on the amount of sugar you have to use in your recipe, and eats up fruit sugars much quicker than water kefir does. You could also experiment with using extra water kefir grains in lieu of using the prepared water kefir liquid as a starter.

Can I make the pineapple ginger juice without using a ginger bug?

You sure can! This drink is delicious as is, with just the pineapple juice and ginger! You are welcome to enjoy it that way, but you will not benefit from the probiotics nor will it be a natural fizzy soda. You lose out on the beneficial bacteria and yeasts fermenting with a ginger bug provides, and the resulting reduction in sugar content.

On the plus side, both pineapple and ginger contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and if raw, enzymes too. Just mix the pineapple juice and ginger juice, and keep chilled. Serve on ice and enjoy!

Homemade Pineapple Ginger Soda

Now let’s get on to the pineapple ginger soda recipe!

Naturally Fermented Pineapple Ginger Soda
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5 from 7 votes

Pineapple Ginger Soda Recipe

This pineapple ginger soda recipe is naturally fermented, so it contains valuable probiotics for a healthy gut.
Course: Beverage, Ferment
Keyword: Ginger Bug
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 200kcal
Author: nourishingtime.com

Ingredients

  • 48 oz Pineapple Juice (freshly juiced and strained, if possible)
  • 0.5-1 oz Ginger Juice
  • 1/4 cup Active Ginger Bug

Instructions

  • In a large pitcher with a spout, pour the pineapple juice.
  • 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!
  • Add the ΒΌ cup ginger bug, mix well
  • 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, and move to fridge once fizzy. Mine is always super fizzy in less than one!

Notes

Pineapple Juice: You can use freshly pressed juice of very ripe pineapple, or use canned or bottled. I highly recommend this organic pineapple juice but you can use regular pineapple juice as well. You don’t want a pineapple juice with a bunch of additives.
Ginger Juice: I highly recommend juicing your own ginger, or blending 1.5-3 inches of ginger (to taste). Start with 1.5 inch, blend with some of the pineapple juice, strain, mix that juice with the rest of the pineapple juice and taste. Then blend and strain more ginger juice if desired. If you cannot source fresh ginger, try this ginger juice. Do not use powdered ginger.
Flip-top jars are the best jars to ensure a fizzy final product. Amazon now has inexpensive flip-top jars. Click here to check them out. I generally recommend the 8oz for children and 16oz for adults. I do at times use larger bottles then pour individual servings into a cup/glass.

I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. You may also consider trying raw ginger beer, another of my favorite ginger bug soda recipes.

Enjoy your homemade soda cold, but open carefully! Mine always bubbles over! If you enjoyed this recipe, please let me know by leaving a comment!

Featured in the Paleo AIP Roundtable @ Phoenix Helix.

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29 Comments

  1. Healthy Notions, LLC

    Thanks for the soda alternative. I can make this the next time the “kids” come to visit! πŸ™‚ Sounds yummy ~

  2. Jenny C.

    This might sound like a silly question, but how do you press the juice out of ginger? I’ve used ginger to flavor my kombucha, but I just slice it into matchsticks and throw it in. The root is so firm, I can’t fathom how you could press the juice out…

    1. Jo

      Not silly at all! I use an actual juicer. You can slice or shred it up and then strain afterwards just like you do your kombucha if you wish πŸ™‚

  3. krystal

    5 stars
    Nice recipe, thank you! For ferments it is always best to use unpeeled ginger- that is what makes it fizz!

    1. Jo

      Yes, definitely. I leave the ginger unpeeled, even when I juice it!

  4. Kathy

    what is active ginger bug?
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    1. Jo

      “Active” just means that the ginger bug is already fizzy and ready to use to make sodas! See how to make a ginger bug by clicking here.

  5. lauren

    this sounds so so good! I am obsessed with ginger in my drinks so I can’t wait to try! Could you substitute pineapple though? That’s one of the few fruits I cannot eat πŸ™

    1. Jo

      I’ve been meaning to share some other recipes but unfortunately personal commitments have been keeping me from doing so! πŸ™

      I think mango or raspberry would go well with ginger. Or a mix of green apple and mint, mmm πŸ™‚

      Click here for a recipe for ginger beer adapted from Wild Fermentation. Try it even if you don’t like the store-bought stuff, I didn’t and love this!

  6. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix

    5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I recently started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community.

  7. Rachelle

    Some recipes do a 3 stage, Make bug, make wort, then bottle with juice. Yours skips the wort. Does it depend on how fresh and active the ginger is? Thanks,

    1. Jo

      I don’t think it matters much how fresh the ginger bug is (well, apart from taste). I think if you do that it will get too alcoholic, that has been my experience anyway.

  8. chris stephens

    i tried a homemade ginger beer in costa rica. hers was made with ginger, agave or honey and lemons! it was incredibly refreshing and tasty. very light! have you tried those two flavors before? would love to make it but having never done so im a little shy!

    1. Jo

      I’ve made ginger beer with the ginger bug, ginger, sugar and lemons. It is delicious! I have a recipe I can link to if needed πŸ™‚

  9. Mary

    What if you don’t have juicer? Any other way to make the ginger juice?

    1. Jo

      You can just shred/grate the ginger, and strain before drinking πŸ™‚

  10. Esther

    Please do post the link for the ginger beer it sounds wonderful! Thanks for posting this.

    1. Jo

      The ginger beer recipe can be found here! πŸ™‚

  11. Paula

    I make ginger beer. So this batch I juiced a fresh pineapple and added it to it. Don’t know how it will turn out.

    1. Jo

      It should taste good before and after the ferment πŸ˜‰

  12. Billy

    This sounds so delicious! I love pineapple but have never tasted it after its had any sort of fermentation done to it – I’m super curious how this would taste. Definitely going to try this one at home! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Cam

    Will the additional sugar in the pineapple (or other fruits) be mostly used up in the ferment?

  14. Cindy

    5 stars
    I was finally able to get my ginger bug to work. I tried this recipe and it is delicious! Thank you

    1. Jo

      I’m glad you were able to get your bug going and enjoyed the recipe! I appreciate the feedback!

  15. Daniela

    I’m crazy about anything fermented! These flavors sound absolutely spot on!! Ginger is my fave!!

  16. Ann Marie

    This sounds like the most heavenly summer drink! Ginger has really been growing on me lately and pineapple has always been a favorite!

  17. paleoglutenfreeguy

    5 stars
    I love sweet things like pineapple with the heat of ginger. This is such a great idea!

  18. Kiran Dodeja Smith

    Now THIS has my name all over it. Love pineapple and ginger AND there are added benefits. I’m in!!

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