Do You Know How To Make Natural Ginger Ale? DIY Recipe
What we can do from ginger? Do you know that is easy to make ginger ale? Cultures around the world, for hundreds of years (and probably much longer), have made different forms of naturally fermented “sodas”. They have made them from fruit juice mixes or sweetened herbal teas. These natural drinks contained useful probiotics and enzymes to boost health. These beverages were far healthier versions than those that we have today.
This healthy version of drink uses a fermented ginger culture to create a naturally fizzy and great soda! Ginger is delicious herb that many cultures have been used due o its health-boosting properties.
-A 1-2 inch piece of minced fresh ginger root. You can use 2 inches if you prefer a stronger ginger taste. Adjust to taste.
-½ cup of rapadura sugar or organic sugar. Add 1 tablespoon molasses for flavor and minerals if using plain sugar.
-½ cup fresh lime or lemon juice
-½ tsp Himalayan or sea salt
-8 cups of filtered water
-½ cup homemade ginger bug (or ¼ cup whey for a faster recipe but the flavor won’t so good.
How to make Ginger Ale?
- By placing 3 cups of the water make a “wort” for your ginger ale, sugar, minced ginger root(and molasses if needed), and salt in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil.
- Simmer the mixture for around 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Then mixture will start to smell like ginger.
- Remove from heat and then add additional water. This should cool it but if not, before moving to the next step, allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add fresh lime or lemon juice and ginger bug (or whey).
- Transfer to a 2 quart glass jar with a tight (air-tight) fitting lid. Stir nicely and put lid on.
- Leave for 2-3 days on the counter until carbonated. Then transfer to the fridge where it will last indefinitely.
- Pay attention to this step carefully. Using whey will cause it to ferment more quickly. You will need less time. It should be bubble and when the lid is removed, should “hiss” like a soda. It is temperature dependent and during fermentation time the mixture may need to be burped or stirred on the counter.
- As with any traditional fermented drink, it is more of an art than a science. It depends on the strength of your culture, the sugar used and the temperature of your house. The final mixture should smell of ginger and only little of yeast. It should be also fizzy. Watch carefully that it doesn’t become too carbonated. This process will cause too much pressure and the result may be an exploding jar!
- You can strain or transfer the mixture to Grolsch style bottles before putting in the fridge.
- Always strain before drinking. Enjoy in the homemade healthy ginger ale.
Ginger – Immune Booster
Once we ingest it, ginger has a warming effect on the human body. That’s why it is a natural immune booster. Consuming ginger causes the body to sweat. The sweat glands produce a compound which protects our skin from infection. It also induces healthy sweating, which is very helpful if we catch a cold or flu!
Ginger – Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Ginger can also relieve arthritis-related joint pain. It contains anti-inflammatory agents, which help reduce swelling around inflamed joints. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis seem to have benefit from consuming ginger.
Flu and Cold Prevention
People around Asia have been using ginger for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat flu and cold symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly chopped or shredded ginger root in hot water, 2 to 3 times a day.
4. Prevention of Colon Cancer
One study found that ginger may also slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger helps improve and strengthen the immune system. Consuming little quantity of ginger on daily basis can help foil potential risk of a stroke. How? By inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also helps battle a bad cough, decreases bacterial infections in the stomach and helps battle throat irritation.
“Ginger might help decrease nausea from motion, chemotherapy, pregnancy, and surgery. But it seems most effective for nausea related to pregnancy and surgery. Ginger works by inhibiting serotonin receptors, exerting anti-nausea effects at gut and the brain level. It may also decrease the release of vasopressin, diminishing nausea related to motion.