A soda pop with benefits? You betcha! Home made ginger ale – and no special equipment required. Perfect for winter time coughs, colds, upset stomach or anytime you want to reduce inflammation.
Obviously store-bought sugar-loaded ginger ale has zero medicinal qualities, but you can make your own using 2 super foods: Ginger and Honey. Ginger has many health benefits, but the one that really stands out is its anti-inflammatory properties. It also can aid in digestion and upset stomach. I try and drink ginger tea a few times a week (ginger slices and simmered water).
This recipe is truly unique and highly individual. I’ve made it 4 different times, well, 4 different ways to try and decide the best approach. It really depends on your personal taste and whether or not you’re willing to exchange a few calories of honey for the great benefits honey contains.
Not being able to narrow this recipe down to one sweetener, I decided to write this recipe in two different directions; the first being sweetened with Stevia so it has zero calories and zero glycemic impact, and the second being sweetened with 1-2 tablespoons of honey (for 32 oz). Now, if you use raw honey the glycemic impact will be negligible and the net carbs are still very low. This recipe sweetened with honey will contain 4-8 mg carbs per 8 oz serving compared to 24 mg carb in the full sugar store bought version. Not only that, but the carbs in raw honey will have less of a glycemic impact than sugar carb for carb.
In both versions you will thinly slice a 2 to 3-inch piece of ginger, add 2 cups of water and simmer until water is reduced to 1 cup. A 3-inch piece of ginger is a lot of ginger and the ale will be strong and a bit spicy – this is for you brave souls and was a bit too much for me. You will need more sweetener with 3-inches of ginger (I used 2 tablespoons) and all the flavors are strong. With a 1 1/2 to 2-inch piece of ginger a mounded 1 tablespoon of honey seemed sufficient for my taste. If you simmer the ginger low and slow the flavor will be stronger than simmered fast and hot.
Now, I like Stevia, and use it daily to sweeten my smoothies, but I tend to use it when just a bit of a sweet boost is necessary. In this recipe, quite a bit of Stevia is needed and you will taste it. So, since I still have some Stevia leaves on my plant – which tend to have less after taste – I thought I’d give the leaves a try. For the Stevia leaf version - (the green one in the picture) add 10-15 leaves to simmering water the last minute or so. If you do not have fresh Stevia leaves, then add liquid or powdered Stevia to mixture once ginger water is mixed with sparkling water.
Once liquid is reduced to 1 cup, strain into a 32 oz container.
For the Honey version, add honey to hot liquid and shake gently until dissolved. Chill.
Add three cups of sparkling water (not bitter tonic water), a squeeze or so of lemon and a pinch of salt. If desired, one drop of vanilla will mellow the flavor.
Cap and chill for 30 minutes or more for flavors to blend and mellow.
Play with this recipe to find your perfect blend:
- 1 1/2 to 2-inches of ginger to 1 tablespoon of honey
- 3-inches of ginger to 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 1/2 to 3-inches of ginger to Stevia to taste
I really prefer the honey to the Stevia, not only for flavor but for health benefits. I don’t believe there is enough of a glycemic load in the honey to affect one’s blood sugar (at this amount), but it would be prudent to check.
With a little practice and finding just the right blend of flavors you might even convince your kids to change from those high fructose corn syrup super sugar commercial sodas to Super Soda………well, at least some of the time!
Here’s the Stevia version with the honey version futher below.
Slice a 2 to 3-inch piece of ginger and simmer in 2 cups of water on low heat. You want to reduce this down to 1 cup of liquid. If using fresh Stevia leaves, add them the last minute or two of simmering. Chill.
In container with tight fitting lid, add ginger liquid, along with 3 cups of sparkling water. Add a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon and a drop or two of vanilla. If not using Stevia leaves, then add some liquid or powdered Stevia now. Let flavors blend for 30-60 minutes, taste, adjust sweetness.
Homemade Ginger Ale - Super drink
By September 25, 2013Published:
- Yield: 32 oz (4 Servings)
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10-20 mins
- Ready In: 20 mins
A soda pop with benefits? You betcha! Home made ginger ale - and no special equipment required. Perfect for summer or winter time coughs, colds, upset stomach or anytime you want to reduce inflammation.
- 2-3 inch piece of ginger sliced
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
- 3 cups sparkling water
- squeeze of lemon
- 1-2 drops vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- Simmer ginger in 2 cups of water on low heat until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Add honey; stir. Chill.
- Pour ginger liquid into a 32 oz container with a tight fitting lid. Add 3 cups sparkling (not tonic) water. Add remaining ingredients.
- Chill 30-60 minutes and adjust sweetness with honey or tartness with lemon.