Berry Soda


Note from Shannon: Please welcome Erin, Cultures for Health Social Media Coordinator and Cultured-Kitchen Keeper.

I just recently got into making soda’s from a ginger bug. If you want to know more about fermenting a ginger bug, check this out:

First I bought some Hibiscus Cooler from the store and poured it into a mason jar and added 1/4 cup of ginger bug starter. I let it sit for a day or two to start to eat up the sugar and then I bottled it for a day. It was INCREDIBLY bubbly and yummy!

Then I decided I needed to make a soda from scratch. So I found a recipe and then changed it a bit to suit my needs.

You will need:
1/2 gallon filtered water
3/4 cup sugar (it gets eaten by the culture)
1/2 cup soda culture
3 cups of berries (I used frozen blueberries)

Add 1/2 of the water and the blueberries to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes or longer. (you want to get all the yummy flavor out of the berries.)


Let it cool a bit and then pour the whole mixture into the other 1/2 amount of water and let it come to room temperature.

Add your starter and let it sit on your counter for 2-3 days. Longer if it is cooler.


Then strain it into an airtight bottle and let it sit until it is very fizzy (check every day to make sure it doesn’t build up too much pressure.)

Stick it in the refrigerator and enjoy!


Let me know what you try and what you think of the soda!! :)






Erin Gaines is a Nutritional Therapist and a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful babies. My favorite cultured foods are milk kefir and sauerkraut. I feel these are the easiest and most versatile cultures. I have taught many classes on fermenting kefir, veggies, and kombucha. Before I was a mom, I owned my own company selling sauerkraut, kefir, and lacto-fermented condiments.

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  1. Jennifer says

    This looks incredibly delicious!!
    Do you think it would work with water kefir? Would you need to add more kefir than just the 1/2 cup you say for the ginger bug? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  2. MantanCalaveras says

    Blueberries are very good for you. They’ve got really good quality sugars, for when you’re doing lots of brain work.

  3. Darlene says

    When you leave the finished soda on the counter for a couple of days, do you cover it ? There does not appear to be a lid on your jar in the picture posted.

  4. Hannah says

    You definitely want to cover it. I’ve always used a lid, but I’ve read you can use a cloth and rubber band too.

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