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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!
Now let’s get on to the pineapple ginger soda recipe!
Pineapple Ginger Soda Recipe
- 48 oz Pineapple Juice (freshly juiced and strained, if possible)
- 0.5-1 oz Ginger Juice
- 1/4 cup Active Ginger Bug
- 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 ¼ 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!
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.