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Naturally Fermented Lemonade Recipe

This is a delicious, refreshing ginger bug lemonade recipe made with a natural ginger bug starter. Now you can have fizzy lemonade WITHOUT using whey! It is easy to make and can get SUPER fizzy if you desire. You're really going to LOVE this homemade lemonade soda!
Course: Beverage, Ferment
Keyword: Carbonated Lemonade, Fizzy Lemonade, Ginger Bug
Servings: 2 quarts
Author: nourishingtime.com


  • 1 cup lemon juice (approx 5-6 large lemons)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup active ginger bug
  • 1 tsp molasses (optional, for bolder flavor)


  • In a pitcher, mix lemon juice, water, cane sugar and molasses together.
  • Stir in your active ginger bug starter and stir well.
  • Taste and adjust lemon flavor by adding more lemon juice or water, until your tastebuds are happy!
  • Bottle in mason jars or swing-top jars and let ferment 8-24 hours until fizzy to your liking.
  • Refrigerate, serve cold and enjoy!


Swing-top jars will produce the most fizz!