Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Do you love ginger ale? I do! My children do too. Whenever their tummies are sore they crave ginger ale. Ginger has been used for thousands of years to help relieve nausea and stomach issues as well as other inflammatory discomforts to name a few of the amazing benefits of ginger.
Most of the popular store bought Ginger Ales have very little ginger and loads of sugar and corn syrup. Some are even artificially flavored and actually have no ginger! Besides, they are also stored in aluminum cans or toxic plastic bottles.
SO… Back to my children and their sore tummies! It makes no sense to give them a drink full of artificial flavorings and loads of sugar when they want to feel better. One day I thought to myself… I can make a probiotic ginger ale that is good for my family, from all natural ingredients. This recipe is so exciting to me and I want to share it with you so you can also make your own!
I knew the basics behind fermentation so I used this knowledge to create a ginger culture or “ginger bug”, which is a culture of beneficial bacteria similar to a kombucha scoby. After the ginger bug is made, ginger ale can be ready every 2-3 days. (To get started on a Ginger Bug, check out How to Make a Ginger Bug.)
The best part about it is that you have the incredible health benefits of the ginger, the probiotics and beneficial enzymes from the fermented ginger in the ginger bug, and the vitamin C from the lemon that is added. It is an all around good-for-you drink!
Here is the recipe…
Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe
Ingredients: Makes 2 quarts
- 1/2 cup Ginger Bug
- 8 cups of filtered water
- 2 inch piece of organic ginger root minced
- 1/2 cup organic sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh organic lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Put 3 cups of water, minced ginger, sugar and salt in a pan and bring to a boil.
- Turn to simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and it starts to smell like ginger.
- Remove from heat.
- Add 5 cups of water.
- Once cooled completely, add lemon juice and ginger bug and mix.
- Pour liquid into a 2 quart mason jar or any jars that seal tightly.
- Leave on counter for 2-3 days until carbonated.
- Strain and put in bottles for refrigeration.
Please let us know how your homemade Ginger Ale turns out! And as always, please feel free to write me with questions or comments here.
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About the author:
Alex is a true Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives in order to thrive. Alex has a well known blog on health, wellness, conscious parenting, green living and getting off the grid to self sustainability: earthiemama.com. She also has an MA in Psychology, and is a registered Yoga Instructor, environmentalist, conscious mother, green living expert and birthing expert, and sells all natural products and her ebooks through her website.