This fermented lemonade is the perfect drink for those hot days of summer. Using our trusty ginger bug this probiotic beverage is full of health benefits and it’s super easy to drink. Anyone can make this with just a few ingredients.
Lemonade is a classic drink for hot summer days. Dehydration won’t be a problem as this has less than 1% ABV and the acid in lemonade stimulates salivation making you feel more hydrated. It’s also rich in probiotics which are great for your gut health. The ginger bug can be used to ferment other liquids but the most common is ginger beer. And we have a great recipe on that check our How to Make Homemade Ginger Beer
We’re making a 1/2 gallon batch but feel free to scale this up any size you want. Today to make lemonade we are using the lemonade frozen concentrate. You’re more than welcome to squeeze your own lemons and make fresh lemonade. It also already has all the sugar needed for fermentation.
Start by pouring the frozen concentrate into a fermenter. then add 4.5 cans of filtered water which is the amount recommended on the concentrate package. This will come out to about 1/2 gallons of total volume. Next is some roughly chopped ginger. Were adding around 30 grams. Lastly, we add the ginger bug itself. Were using 100 grams of strained ginger bug.
No need to add any sugar since there is already enough in the concentrate. Pop a top on your fermenter, either a cloth or an airlock to cover the opening. Set it in a room temperature area out of direct sunlight for about 3 to 4 days. The warmer the area the faster it will ferment.
Bottling the lemonade
After 4 days you can start with bottling. First, make sure you’re using fermentation-grade bottles that can withstand pressure. Of course, you can keep classic lemonade flavor and not add anything. But were going to add fresh mint in one bottle and fresh blueberries in the other. Then just fill up the bottles.
With the lemonade and flavors in just close the top and set them on their side a room temperature for 2 to 3 days. After those few days toss them in the fridge to chill down. At this point, they will be ready to drink. Even though we added more ginger it’s very subtle. And it really highlights the lemon flavors.