Refined Sugar Free Ginger Ale Recipe

This refined sugar free ginger ale is refreshing and sweet, yet contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s easy to make and is a nutritious alternative to the store bought sugary stuff. This homemade ginger ale recipe is perfect for entertaining, especially when dressed up with some fresh mint and lime slices.

Ingredients and substitutions

The star of this refined sugar-free ginger ale recipe is fresh ginger. Ginger is a nutritious root with a warm, slightly spicy flavor. It’s easy to find at grocery stores. Be sure to use fresh ginger as opposed to jarred or ground ginger.

Ginger ale with ice, lime, and mint in a glass.

This homemade ginger ale is sweetened with dates that have been boiled along with the fresh ginger, then strained. Alternatively you can omit the dates and sweeten it with one tablespoon of maple syrup or agave per person (or to taste).

How to make refined sugar-free ginger ale

Start by peeling the fresh ginger. You can use a vegetable peeler or alternatively the back of a spoon can be used to scrape off the peel.

Dates and chopped ginger on a cutting board.

Next you’ll add the ginger, dates, and one cup of cold water to a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Continue to boil for 25 minutes to make a syrup, then remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

Once it’s cool, strain and discard the dates and ginger, but reserve the syrup. Mix the syrup and six cups of carbonated water in a large pitcher, then serve with ice.

Garnish ideas

Garnish this ginger ale with fresh mint leaves and lime or lemon slices. For an extra pretty presentation, make a batch of ice cubes in an ice cube tray and add a couple of fresh mint leaves to each cube before freezing. Or add a few raspberries, blackberries, chopped strawberries, or chopped peaches to the glass for a festive presentation.


Store the ginger and date syrup in the fridge for up to five days. Mix with carbonated water immediately before serving.

A glass of ginger ale garnished with fresh mint.

More refined sugar free drinks

  • This refined sugar free sweet tea is perfect for entertaining. It’s easy to make, sweet, and refreshing.
  • Or try this coconut kefir smoothie. It’s filling and makes a delicious breakfast on the go.
Ginger ale with ice, lime, and mint in a glass.
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Refined Sugar Free Ginger Ale Recipe

This homemade refined sugar free ginger ale is sweet, refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for entertaining. The date-sweetened ginger syrup can be prepared in advance, then mixed with soda water right before serving.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 82kcal


  • 6 cups cold carbonated water
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup peeled and coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 cups pitted dates (tightly packed)


  • Add the dates, ginger, and 1 cup of cold water to a pot and bring to a boil, then continue to boil, uncovered for 25 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture to discard the date and ginger chunks and reserve the syrup.
  • Mix the syrup and 6 cups of carbonated water in a large pitcher, then serve with ice.


  • If you’re making this for a large group, prepare a double or triple batch of the syrup in advance, then mix with cold carbonated water right before serving.
  • Optional garnishes for this refined sugar-free ginger ale include fresh mint, lime, or lemon slices.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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