Homemade Grape Soda, sugar free

Most grapes come into season in the late summer, so you should be seeing some nice varieties in your local stores and farmer’s markets right about now.   You can use any type of grape to make a really good fresh drink: red, black, or even green, seeded or seedless, it doesn’t matter, you’ll be straining out the pulp in this recipe anyway.  But do try and taste your grapes before purchasing…I find they can be hit or miss.  If they taste great out of hand, they will make a fantastic soda.   I happen to love the color and flavor of black grapes, and when I am lucky enough to find them, Concord grapes are the ultimate.

Black Grapes for Homemade Grape Soda

Soda, or pop, depending on where you live, is a beloved American tradition that has become a dietary disaster over the decades.  Full of sugar, artificial colorings and chemicals, soft drinks are a nutritional nightmare, especially for kids.   But for a homemade fruit soda all you need is a fruit syrup and some sparkling water.  Mine is sugar free, with a dash of lemon to give it a pop.  If you start your kids on the natural alternative early enough, they’ll never miss the crappy stuff.

Black Grape Syrup, sugar free

I like to store the concentrated grape syrup in a jar or bottle in the fridge and then pour it out over ice in a chilled glass and top with sparkling water as needed.  I garnished with  bit of fresh basil, but you can also use mint.  Kids can concoct their own soda blend as an after school treat, and there’s nothing stopping you from using it as a base for a cocktail or two.

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Homemade Grape Soda

Yield: makes about 2 1/2 cups of syrup, enough for about 5 servings


  • 1 lb fresh grapes (I used seedless black grapes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Wash the grapes and put them in a heavy bottomed pot, along with the water and lemon juice. Bring the pot to a simmer and continue simmering for about 2o minutes until the grapes have begun to soften. Smash the grapes with the back of a large spoon as they cook.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until completely blended. Let the machine run long enough to get all the grapes completely pureed.
  3. Pass the puree through a mesh strainer, pushing lightly, to get the juice through. Discard any pulp, skin or seeds.
  4. Refrigerate the grape syrup until cold.
  5. To serve, fill a glass with ice and mix half syrup and half sparking water. Garnish with a sprig of basil or mint.

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28 Responses to Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda

  1. Rachelle says:

    I wanted to read your recipe but as I live in Australia I couldnt get the ingredients list!

  2. jean miller says:

    Can’t wait to try this, Sue. Just got some tiny champagne grapes that are sooooo sweet. Should be perfect for some grape sodie (my gran’s same for soda).

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  5. That looks so refreshing and the color is gorgeous. I’ve never tried making my own. I have been soda free for about 5 years now – but may have to give this a whirl~!

  6. So pretty and so refreshing. Love that pour shot into the bottle, gorgeous Sue!

  7. zerrin says:

    I never have store bought fruit drinks, so homemade soda is calling my name. And this one looks fantastic! I’d love to try it with black grapes, which are my favorite.

  8. Sue – this looks so refreshing and tasty! I can’t stand any commercial grape juice or soda, because it all tastes odd to me, after growing up drinking the real thing. This reminds me of sitting on my grandparents porch in the summer with glasses of her fresh homemade juice, sparked up with some 7-up. I like this idea even better – wonderful!

  9. Made from fresh grapes? Are you kidding me! I am in, I am all in! :-)

  10. Joanne says:

    i hate commercial grape juice, but fresh stuff sounds good to me!

  11. This looks so refreshing and tasty, Sue.

  12. wow, nice and refreshing ones!!!

  13. Evgenia says:

    It looks devine!!!! I’m trying it right now with my Dad’s home grown grapes! They’re not like the small seedless ones you suggested. I hope it won’t cause any issues!!! One question, though..How long can I keep the syrup in my fridge, if I’m not going to consume it at once??

    • Sue says:

      Hi Evgenia — my grapes were seedless but they were large. I’m sure your grapes will be fantastic, especially since they are homegrown. If you like the taste of them raw, the flavor will intensify as a syrup. I’m guessing now, but the syrup should be great for a week at least.

  14. This sounds SO delicious! We really are on the same page, ha! I was just saying to my daughter last week that I want to try grape soda next. Yum!

  15. Phyllis says:

    You really got me with this one. Now I know what I’m going to do this weekend. Can taste it already.

  16. Julia says:

    These pictures are so gorgeous, I just can’t stand it!! I love the idea of fresh homemade soda with no sugar! I’m all about a fizzy drink but don’t love spiking the ol’ blood sugar level. This is absolutely gorgeous and I bet it tastes amazing!!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Julia — I noticed that a lot of homemade soda recipes still include sugar which I can’t understand. At least in the case of grapes, they are so sweet already they really don;t need it.

  17. Eileen says:

    Wow! I can only imagine how good this must be with some of the local grapes at the local CA farmer’s markets. :)

  18. Catherine says:

    What a refreshing summer drink. I love making grape smoothies with the food processor, so this is right up my alley! Blessings, Catherine

  19. What a gorgeous, gorgeous soda!

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