Hop Water Recipe

Recipe Courtesy of Gabe Jackson, The Beverage PeopleSanta Rosa, California

This recipe makes a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic, hop-focused soda to complement your beers and other drinks at home. Some specialty ingredients are required while others are optional. If you like the recipe and have a draft setup, this can easily be scaled to a 5-gallon (19-L) Corny keg-sized batch to enjoy anytime. 

hard seltzer or hops water poured from a tap

16 oz. (475 mL) cup full of ice
1–2 tsp. simple syrup
2 drops distilled essential hop oil
2 drops mango flavoring (optional)
~8 oz. (240 mL) sparkling water

Step by Step
Fill cup with ice and add the syrup, hop oil, and mango flavoring (if using). Top off the glass with the sparkling water and stir to mix the flavors thoroughly. This provides a total of about 30–35 calories.

(5 gallons/19 L)

To scale up to Corny keg-sized batch, start with filtered or reverse osmosis water and fill keg to near the top. Add 1 1⁄3 cups (320 mL) simple syrup, 1 Tbsp. citric acid, 6–7 mL essential hop oil, 6–7 mL mango flavoring (optional). If you use reverse osmosis water, consider adding ½ tsp. of gypsum or calcium chloride, or both. Top up with more water to fill the keg. Place on pressure to carbonate to 4–5 volumes CO2.

Issue: March-April 2023
hard seltzer or hops water poured from a tap

As low- and non-alcoholic beverages continue to make waves, hop water is one that can be crisp and refreshing. Here’s a recipe for those hop-water curious.