I hate to admit it, but I’m an addict. A soda addict, or as we say in the midwest, pop! Most of my adult life I have consumed way to much pop. A couple of years ago I started to research, and realized that pop, both diet and non diet would have serious consequences on my health eventually. Sugary beverages could lead to all sorts of health problems; obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, and the list goes on and on. The thing is though, that I really craved that ritual of sitting down and taking a break from the day with an ice cold fizzy drink.
I had been doing some reading of blogs, homemaking, health guru type blogs, and discovered something I just had to try, Ginger Bug Soda! Here was a probiotic drink, which is good for gut health, low sugar, vitamin C, lots of fizz and very easy to make! Not to mention all the different flavors that can be made, two of my favorites are strawberry rhubarb and apple ginger.
You can make your own juice by boiling 4 cups fruit of your choice with two or three cups of water until you can strain the pulp and collect the juice, like when making jelly. Or you can go ahead and use store bought juice, which ever you prefer.
Here’s the fun part!
You will need ginger root, found in the produce section of your grocery store. sugar, and bottled water. Bottled water because you don’t want the chlorine in tap water to kill the ginger bug culture.
In a jar, grate 2 Tbsp of ginger root, add 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cover your jar with a coffee filter or rag, securing it around the jar with a rubber band. You want to be able to let air in without letting dust and fruit flies in. Keep on your counter top in an out of the way place where it stay fairly warm. Day 2 repeat the same procedure, stir, and cover again. Repeat the exact same procedure for the next 5-6 days or until you notice it getting foamy, and bubbly. That means you have a successful fermentation going on.
Then you get some of your juice, 2 quarts, be it homemade or store bought. Make a sugar solution by warming 1 1/2 quarts of water and 1 cup of sugar until it dissolves. Let this cool down to room temp and mix with the juice.
You might think this sounds like a lot of sugar, but your final product will have barely any, because the ginger culture, (ginger bug) uses the sugar for food. The bubbles are the carbon dioxide produced from the digestion process.
When your juice and sugar water are blended, take 1/4 to 1/2 of the liquid strained from the ginger bug solution, and mix in thoroughly. Pour into bottles that can be sealed, such as these, which can be purchased on Amazon.
Let the bottles sit on your counter for a day, then refrigerate.
Add 2 more Tbsps of sugar, ginger and 1/4 cup water to your jar and continue the process. If you don’t want to make as much soda, keep the jar of ginger bug in the refrigerator and feed it once or twice per week. Every few times you use it, take out some of the grated ginger and throw it out, so the jar doesn’t get too full.
This is so good for your digestive system and SO MUCH better for you than pop! You can feel good about giving it to your kids, and they will be delighted that they get to have “pop”!
There are so many great flavors and combinations you can come up with, if you try it, go ahead and comment below and let me know your favorites!
Enjoy, and God Bless!