When you live somewhere that only has one season (summer 🥵), you can think of some pretty creative ways to enjoy tropical flavors throughout the year. Pineapple soda is a bubbly, tropical treat that is the perfect way to indulge in the flavor of sweet, floral pineapple any time of day.
This recipe was inspired by my pineapple simple syrup, which is like a pineapple flavor punch in a bottle. This homemade soda pop is a quick and easy way to enjoy the flavor of pineapples all day long. Add in a little bit of pineapple vodka and you have a simple summer cocktail spritz! Or, serve it as a mocktail at your next pool party!Jump to Recipe
💕 why you'll love this pineapple soda recipe
🍍 tropical and refreshing. This soda is full of tropical flavor. It’s perfect for a warm summer day, or a day when you’re simply imagining yourself on an island escape.
🙌 quick and easy. From start to finish, this homemade soda pop takes mere minutes to make!
🤌 limited ingredient. It only takes three ingredients to make this soda.
- pineapple simple syrup - using pineapple simple syrup gives this soda an extra dose of fruity flavor. Check out my recipe for the simple syrup here to make your own.
- pineapple - fresh pineapple amps up the tropical taste in this homemade soda pop, especially when paired with pineapple simple syrup. You can use frozen pineapple, too.
- soda water - this recipe calls for plain unflavored soda water, which is carbonated water, or sparkling water. Sparkling mineral water has the addition of minerals, as the name suggests, which impact the taste of the water as well. In order to keep the flavor focus on the pineapple in the recipe, I recommend sticking with unflavored soda water, or regular unflavored sparkling water.
- ice - you’ll need plenty of ice to keep this beverage frosty cold! I know it’s a little bit extra…but I get excited about ice. Luckily, I don’t think I’m alone from the looks of IceTok on TikTok. You can use the ice from your freezer, or you can get fancy and make specialty ice cubes. Check out some of my favorite ice cube trays here, and of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my intense love of our Opal Ice maker from GE. 😍 It’s a definite splurge, but it’s been worth it. Seriously…it’s a game-changer.
See recipe card for quantities.
Step 1: Place 2-3 fresh pineapple chunks in a glass.
Step 2: Pour in 1 - 2 ounces of pineapple simple syrup.
Step 3: Muddle the syrup with the pineapple pieces, making sure to blend them well.
Step 4: Fill the glass with ice.
Step 5: Pour in plain sparkling water to the top of the glass.
Step 6: Give the glass a good stir to distribute the pineapple chunks and syrup.
Step 7: Garnish with a couple pineapple leaves and pieces of pineapple.
Step 8: Serve with a straw.
Hint: Best enjoyed immediately after making to preserve the bubbles!
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💡 tips and tricks for getting it right
🍽️ Serving Tips - This pineapple soda is a great beverage for kids or events where alcohol isn’t being served. It’s also a great option for a mocktail during your next cocktail gathering! While it’s best to serve this right away, you can prepare a batch of the syrup and muddled pineapple to have on hand for quick assembly!
ℹ️ Troubleshooting Tips - Use straws that have wider holes, like boba straws, to avoid chunks of pineapple being stuck in the straws. Alternatively, you can skip the step of crushing the pineapple and leave the chunks larger.
⚖️ Scaling Tips - This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to fill a pitcher, but make sure you’ll be drinking it fairly soon after you make it. The bubbles won’t last more than a few hours.
🔆 top tip
If you can't find a good, fresh pineapple, you can use frozen pineapple chunks in this recipe!
Missing an ingredient? No problem. Check out these tried-and-true substitutions, or comment below with your question. I’m here to help you troubleshoot!
- store-bought syrup - you can use a store-bought pineapple syrup if you don’t have time to make a homemade syrup! I recommend Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup, Torani Pineapple Syrup, or Monin brands of syrups. Keep in mind, many syrups don't actually contain pineapple but instead are artificially flavored.
- muddle pineapple & sugar - muddle pineapple with 2-3 teaspoon of sugar if you don’t have time to make the syrup, and can’t find store bought syrup. You can also muddle pineapple with regular simple syrup.
Feeling like a rebel?! 😈 Feel free to stray from the recipe card using these variations, or leave me a comment with your own!
- citrus - you can experiment with different citrus flavors to mix up this recipe. Try it with oranges, limes, or grapefruit!
- minty - fresh mint is the perfect garnish or addition to this lemon soda, especially during summertime!
- ginger - add a few shaves of fresh ginger from a microplane grater for a fun ginger twist on this recipe! Pineapple and ginger complement each other extremely well!
🧰 equipment needed
- drinking glasses - highball glasses are a great choice for this lemon soda recipe, but you can use whatever drinking glasses you have on hand! If you want a super-themed drink, try using these fun pineapple drinking glasses!
- muddler - a muddler will help you crush the pineapple pieces with the pineapple simple syrup. This helps enhance the pineapple flavor even more! I love using this OXO muddler because it has a nice wide base, is comfortable to hold, and is dishwasher safe.
- straws - if you’re serving a large batch of these beverages, color-coordinated straws can be a fun option. For just enjoying one beverage at a time, these silicone straws from GIR are my absolute favorite!
This homemade pineapple soda is best enjoyed right after it’s made, so it doesn’t store well.
If you must make it in advance, be sure to store it in a bottle with a stopper, like these bottles from Bormioli Rocco. The ingredients don’t hold up well to storage for more than 24 hours.
I do recommend making the pineapple simple syrup for this soda, because it really takes the flavor to a higher level than store-bought syrups. If you do not have the time to prepare the syrup, you can purchase a pineapple syrup to make the sodas. I recommend Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup, Torani Pineapple Syrup, or Monin brands of syrups.
Yes! You can prepare a large batch of this soda for a part in a pitcher. Just be sure to serve it shortly after preparing it so it maintains the fizzy bubbles it has!
Because this soda is fizzy and full of bubbles, it's best enjoyed shortly after it is prepared. The ingredients don't hold up well to storage, but if you must prepare it ahead of time, make sure to use a bottle that has a stopper and can hold fizzy beverages.
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Homemade Pineapple Soda
- 2 ounces pineapple simple syrup
- 3 pieces pineapple cut into 1-inch chunks
- 6 ounces soda water plain, unflavored
- ice to fill glass
- 2 pineapple leaves for garnish
- Place 2-3 fresh pineapple chunks in a glass.
- Pour in 1 - 2 ounces of pineapple simple syrup.
- Muddle the syrup with the pineapple pieces, making sure to blend them well.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour in plain sparkling water.
- Give the glass a good stir to distribute the pineapple chunks and syrup.
- Garnish with a couple pineapple leaves and pieces of pineapple.
- Serve with a straw. Best enjoyed immediately after making to preserve the bubbles!
Food safety is an important ingredient in any recipe for success! Here are some tips to keep you safe in the kitchen!
- Use care when chopping pineapple because things can get slippery! Always use sharpened knives, because dull knives can actually be more dangerous than sharp ones! Read more about knife safety here.