Saturday, August 24, 2013

Homemade Ginger Ale

It’s still hot where I am. So hot some days that I start to feel nauseous and obviously very thirsty. I remember reading a book a couple years ago called Nourishing Traditions that had a recipe that the author provided for real, homemade ginger ale. Using real ginger. No really. I am not talking about buying a case of Schwepps at the local supermarket and chugging it down. Intrigued? Read on ladies.
This stuff works. It calms the stomach, and really quenches the thirst. However, apart from that ginger has numerous health benefits. In fact, if I was to talk about all the uses ginger has in traditional and folk medicine from countries worldwide, I could probably write a novel! So let’s stick to what is well known.
Ginger helps the digestion. When combined with several other probiotic ingredients, like in this recipe, it aid digestion even more. It increases circulation, and helps with PMS cramps and heat cramps as well.
I realize that using ginger might not be for everyone, some find it too hot, but give this recipe a try. You will surprise family and friends with your old school farm girl knowledge.
  • 3/4 cup ginger  peeled and grated (use less if sharing with children, approx. 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or ditch the lemon juice and double the lime)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (go with unrefined such as Sucanat )
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (grind or grate coarse grains into fine)
  • 1/4 cup whey
  • 6 cups water
Follow these instructions and you will be sipping your own ginger ale in a couple days.
  1. Place all ingredients into a jar ( preferably a 2 quart jar) but not to the very top, leave about an inch of space
  2. Stir and cover
  3. Leave at room temperature for approximately 2 or 3 days and then put it in the fridge
  4. Strain into a jug or bottle to serve
You can also age this drink for longer if desired. I find it is better when aged a bit longer, but most times I am too impatient! This drink can be served chilled or warm. It is better not to drink it quickly. Sip the drink on those hot days and appreciate the thirst quenching power of ginger.