Honey Ginger Lime Soda


February’s Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthier beverage. So, I tried to think about some of the most unhealthy beverages I know and soda jumped to mind first. With loads of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, chemicals and artificial colors, soda is not a healthy option. However, it can be healthier and much, much tastier, if you make your own.

The possibilities are endless too -all you need is some club soda or sparkling mineral water (or a SodaStream) and some flavor. I’ve discovered that it is super easy to make a quick flavored syrup with a quality sweetener like honey or agave nectar and fruit, and/or herbs -think “strawberry-basil” and “wild blueberry-mint”.

What I landed on is something that I had actually experimented with a few weeks ago when I was sick. I love a good cold ginger ale when I’m under the weather but because of the aforementioned ingredients in traditional ginger ale, I decided to make my own. It is surprisingly similar to the real thing, especially if you stick to just ginger and raw, unbleached cane sugar mixed with club soda. For a twist, I used honey (I recommend a mild honey like orange blossom) and some lime. If you really love ginger, add a few more slices then my recipe calls for.

This was SO easy and really delicious. I can’t wait to try more combinations! Make sure to check out what the rest of the Reduxers created for this month’s healthy beverage challenge!

Honey Ginger Lime Soda

Honey Ginger Lime Soda


  • 1 inch sliced ginger root (unpeeled)
  • 1 cup water
  • 24 ounces club soda or sparkling mineral water
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 lime wedges for garnish


  1. Add honey, ginger slices (don't bother peeling), and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the honey.
  2. As soon as mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add 1/2 cup of the ginger honey mixture to a glass with or without ice
  4. Mix in a squeeze of lime (about 1 teaspoon)
  5. Pour 8 ounces of club soda or sparkling mineral water into the glass and stir.
  6. Garnish with a lime and enjoy!

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    • says

      Thanks! For the strawberry basil (and I’ve done this one before too) I would juice the strawberries (and save the leftover goodness for yogurt or oatmeal) add the juice, a little water, basil leaves to a saucepan and bring to a boil and then steep. Then just mix with club soda.

  1. says

    My mom used to (still does actually and I’m 37) steep ginger for me when I was sick :) wait, I’m 38, crap!
    Anyhow, the canned stuff is sugary and tastes nothing like the real stuff nor does it calm my tummy. Thanks for sharing!

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