We also like to have fermented beverages on hand as well. And, I am not talking about beer and wine (well, we like those too!). I am talking about beverages like kombucha tea, fermented grapefruit juice, fermented apple juice and ginger bug soda.
Fermented soda is crazy easy to make, and it tastes delicious. I find I usually get a good fizz too, which is always fun.
What is a Ginger Bug?
A ginger bug is the bacterial starter you need to make the soda. Essentially it is a fermented mixture of ginger root and sugar with water. You take this fermented ginger liquid and add it to sweetened tea or juice to make your fermented soda.
Adding the ginger bug to fruit juice or sweetened tea adds bacteria to the drink. The beneficial bacteria in the ginger bug eats the sugar in the tea or juice, creating lactic acid and carbon dioxide. The end result is a deliciously probiotic drink, with an undertone of ginger flavor and a lot of fizz!
Making the Ginger Bug
This fermented soda is so easy to make. Once you get it going, you can keep feeding it sugar and ginger and keep it indefinitely! All you need is ginger, sugar and water. Read the recipe below for directions.
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Fermented Ginger Bug Soda
Ingredients for Ginger Bug
- Ginger root
- Organic cane sugar
- Filtered water
- Quart size mason jar
Ingredients for Ginger Bug Soda
- 1/4 cup ginger bug
- 1 quart juice or sweetened tea
How to Make Ginger Bug
- Add 2 tbsp of grated or finely chopped ginger, 2 tbsp sugar to 2 cups of water in a quart size mason jar. Put lid on jar. Leave at room temperature overnight.
- Each day add 1 tbsp grated ginger and 1 tbsp of sugar to the mixture.
- After 5-7 days, the ginger bug should be bubbling away. You will see bubbles and feel pressure on the lid. It will also smell somewhat yeasty.
How to Make Ginger Bug Soda
- Mix 1/4 cup ginger bug liquid with 1 quart of fruit juice or sweetened tea.
- Transfer to bottles.
- Let ferment at room temperature 2-3 days.
- Transfer to the refrigerator and enjoy!
- Be careful opening! Ginger bug soda can build a lot of fizz!!!
You can place your ginger bug in the refrigerator and continue to feed your ginger bug 2 tbsp grated ginger, 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp water every week.
To reactivate the bug, simply bring back to room temperature.