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DIY Herbal Soda Pop Everyone Will Love
By Jennifer Dages - November 11, 2015

DIY Herbal Soda Pop Everyone Will Love

Do you enjoy drinking soda pop but have given it up because of the costs to your health? Are you tired of the sugar overload with a can of Coke or Root Beer? If so, I have a solution for you that does not carry the same risks but will satisfy your desire for an enjoyable drink. The solution is herbal soda pop.

How To Make Amazing Herbal Soda Pop Everyone Will Love

Let's look at two different options you have to make your own.

1. Simple Sugar Syrup

Perhaps the simplest way to make an herbal soda pop is to start with a syrup base. After that, the sky is the limit to what kinds of herbal combinations you can put with it to achieve a refreshing drink. A simple syrup is just that, a 1 to 1 sugar to water ratio - 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar (could be honey or agave instead). The syrup needs to be heated so the sugar dissolves and turns clear.  Then the syrup can be cooled and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use. To make your soda, use 2 TBSP. of your syrup mixed with seltzer water and your herbs of choice. (Washington Post) Herbs that can be mixed in this include ginger, basil, hibiscus, elderberry, mint, lemon balm, lemongrass, raspberry leaf, or any other herb that you enjoy. You could also make a tea with any of these herbs and add the brewed tea together with the syrup and seltzer water to make a tasty drink.

2. Fermented Ginger Bug

Another option for an herbal soda is to make a fermented ginger bug. This option is much healthier than the first one but does involve more work. This recipe for a "ginger bug" comes from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog. Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 Tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons filtered water
Directions: 1. Mix these ingredients in a jar and swirl to combine them. 2. Each day for 5-7 days, add the same equal parts of these three ingredients to the mixture:
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh, grated ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
3. At this point, 1/2 cup of this ginger bug can be combined with 2 cups of a fruit syrup and cold, filtered water to make 1/2 gallon of liquid. This mixture then sits at room temperature for 3-5 days. 4. Stop the fermentation at the point that you like the taste of this soda.  As you can see this is much more complicated, although because of the fermentation the sugar is almost non-existent and the drink if full of good probiotics.
So, have you ever tried an herbal soda pop? If so, what did you make? What would you like to experiment with?


  1. Joyce
    Would love to try this!
    1. Jennifer Dages
      Let us know if you do and how it turns out.