Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda

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Homemade (sugar free!) Grape Soda ~ this gorgeous purple soda has nothing at all in common with the bottled stuff, it’s pure fruit, no added sugar, and bursting with grape flavor!

Fresh Concord Grape Juice pouring into a bottle


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.

Homemade Grape Soda, 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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Fresh Concord Grape Juice pouring into a bottle
3.1 from 55 votes

Homemade Grape Soda

Healthy, sugar free, and all natural Homemade Grape Soda ~ the flavor will blow you away!
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 lb fresh Concord grapes or another black grape that you like, taste first!
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • 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 20 minutes until the grapes have begun to soften. Smash the grapes with the back of a large spoon as they cook.
  • 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.
  • Pass the puree through a mesh strainer, pushing lightly, to get the juice through. Discard any pulp, skin or seeds.
  • Refrigerate the grape syrup until cold.
  • To serve, fill a glass with ice and mix half syrup and half sparking water. Garnish with a sprig of basil or mint.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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    August 18, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so amazing, and that bottle is gorgeous, may I ask where you got it? I love the beautiful color of the grape syrup in that amazing bottle, it’s perfection!

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      Sue Moran
      August 19, 2021 at 5:55 am

      Thanks Loretta, this is an older post, but I probably got the bottle at a Home Goods type store.

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    April 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love grapes and I bet this is really going to be perfect for summer. Thank you for sharing this! I’ll try to make this one 🙂

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    January 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    this isn’t sugar free, at all!

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    Sophie Jacques
    January 22, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe tonight, very good cant believe it is sugar free. Its a little thick but its great

    • Reply
      April 9, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Sophie! Just add more water as necessary.

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    June 7, 2016 at 6:15 am

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

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      June 7, 2016 at 6:26 am

      my apologies my isp was blocking it – all good now feel free to delete my comment – thanks

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        June 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

        Oh good Rachelle — I hope you enjoy the soda 🙂

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    jean miller
    August 1, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    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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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

    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~!

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    August 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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

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    August 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    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.

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    [email protected]
    August 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

    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!

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      August 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Oh wow, the 7-up sounds like it would be really really good with the fresh juice!

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        April 10, 2021 at 11:30 am

        I know I’m many years late to respond, but maybe someone will see this and enjoy. My 5yo just discovered sprite at grandma’s and keeps asking for it. ? a little squeezed lemon, lime, some fresh mint leaves, trivia or sugar of choice, topped with carbonated mineral water ?. Adding grapes to grocery lust for a twist. ?

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          Sue Moran
          April 10, 2021 at 1:20 pm

          Your healthy diy Sprite sounds inspired Stephanie!

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    Julia @Vikalinka
    August 10, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Made from fresh grapes? Are you kidding me! I am in, I am all in! 🙂

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    August 10, 2014 at 5:26 am

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

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      August 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Oh I do too, I grew up on that stuff, yuck.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    This looks so refreshing and tasty, Sue.

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    [email protected] Chef
    August 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    wow, nice and refreshing ones!!!

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      December 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Do you have to strain the pulp out. I would think having bits of pulp would be awesome. Also, with adding sparkling water would thin it out for a great drink.

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        December 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

        No absolutely, you can leave the pulp in if you prefer.

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    August 9, 2014 at 4:42 am

    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??

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      August 9, 2014 at 6:33 am

      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.

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    Meg @ Beard & Bonnet
    August 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    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!

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    August 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

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

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      August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Let me know what how it goes — you shouldn’t have any trouble finding some pretty good grapes!

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    August 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

    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!!

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      August 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

      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.

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    August 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

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

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    August 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

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

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous soda!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    August 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Simply beautiful!

    • Reply
      August 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Dorothy!

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