Refined Sugar Free Ginger Ale

This homemade refined sugar free ginger ale recipe is so delicious, refreshing, and contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s simple to make and is a nutritious alternative to store bought sugary carbonated beverages. 

Ginger ale with ice in a glass.

Main ingredients

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The star of this recipe is fresh ginger. Ginger is a nutritious root with a warm, spicy, woody flavour. It’s easy to find at grocery stores and simple to prepare. You can use a vegetable peeler to peel the ginger or alternatively the back of a spoon can be used to scrape off the peel.

 This homemade ginger ale recipe calls for date syrup as the sweetener. Making date syrup is easy. Simply boil dates and ginger in water for about 25 minutes and you end up with a sweet, ginger flavoured date syrup that is so delicious and perfect in this recipe.

Once the syrup is ready and cooled, just add soda water and some crushed ice or ice cubes if you like. It’s that simple.

Optional additions

Some additional flavours you could add to this refined sugar free ginger ale include fresh mint leaves, lime zest, orange zest, or even grapefruit zest would add a fresh, zingy flavour to the ginger ale that is so refreshing. 

You could even stir the citrus zest or mint leaves into a pitcher of water, then pour the water into an ice cube tray to make citrus or mint flavoured ice cubes to use in this refined sugar free ginger ale.

You could also toss a few raspberries, blackberries, or chopped strawberries into the bottom of a glass, then add the ginger syrup, soda water, and ice for a festive and pretty beverage.

If you’re serving this refined sugar free ginger ale at a party, it’s nice to set out a big pitcher of the ginger ale alongside an ice bucket and some little dishes of citrus zest, berries, and mint leaves. That way your guests can customize their drinks however they wish.

More refined sugar free drinks

For another festive beverage idea, check out my recipe for refined sugar free hot cocoa. It’s easy to make and the perfect hot beverage option to serve at holiday parties and other special occasions. Or try this delicious chocolate kefir smoothie. It’s filling, substantial, and perfect to drink on-the-go.

A glass of refined sugar free ginger ale with ice on a linen napkin.
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Refined Sugar Free Ginger Ale

This homemade refined sugar free ginger ale is so refreshing and delicious.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword clean eating, refined sugar free, soda
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 151kcal


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup peeled and coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 6 cups soda water


  • Add the dates, ginger, and 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.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of syrup for every cup of soda water.
  • Recipe makes approximately 6 servings of homemade ginger ale.


  • If you’re making this recipe for a larger group, prepare a double or triple batch of the syrup in advance, then mix with soda water and ice right before serving.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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