DIY: All Natural Ginger Ale
Homemade ginger ale is an excellent choice if you’ve got the flu, suffer from motion sickness, or have nausea. It’s also a wonderful tonic to try if you have joint stiffness or pain, since ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
It’s super easy to make and only calls for a few ingredients. This makes a big batch that lasts a while.
Homemade Ginger Ale
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sliced fresh ginger root (not necessary to peel, you can also grate the ginger which will produce a sharper flavor)
- 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice (yes, you can also use lime juice!)
- 2 tbsp. honey (feel free to substitute organic Stevia, yacon, Xylitol, coconut palm sugar or your favorite lower glycemic sweetener. I like combining Stevia and Honey)
- Sparkling mineral water or club soda
In a medium saucepan, combine water and ginger over high heat. Once boiling, lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for one hour. Remove lid and continue to simmer 30 more minutes. Take off heat and strain mixture to remove ginger and let cool until the mixture is still quite warm but not so hot you lose the benefits of the honey when added. Stir in lemon and honey. Cool completely. This is your ginger syrup.
To make ginger ale, put a handful of ice into a glass. Add ¼ cup ginger syrup, and fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. Enjoy!