How to Make Healthy Ginger Ale at Home

by Sarah Drinks and Tonics, Fermented Beverages, RecipesComments: 95

ginger aleMost folks do not know how to make ginger ale at home. Yet, it is one of the easiest drinks to whip up in a matter of minutes.   The bonus of making ginger ale yourself is that you can ferment it. This means it is loaded with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. In addition, traditionally brewed ginger ale is rich in enzymes and enhanced nutritional value.

Fermentation of grains, fruits and herbs into refreshing and delicious drinks is nearly universal in ethnic cuisines. However, the rush to convenience in our modern society means that this practice is largely forgotten with the rise of factory produced sodas. Commercial versions of ancestral beverages offer no redeeming nutritional benefit. Worse, the consumption of these sugar laced or artificially sweetened drinks encourages obesity and other chronic ailments.

Soda really can be healthy! Learning traditional preparation techniques is all that is required. Leaving the belly bulging and backside expanding sodas from the store far behind is really not such a difficult task after all. You can still enjoy a tart, fizzy drink on a hot afternoon without all the health risks!

Homemade Ginger Ale 

This easy recipe below for fermented ginger ale is a popular choice of readers of this blog. Note that raw whey is the recommended starter, but if a dairy allergy is present, a ginger ale starter is necessary. This recipe plus video provides convenient instructions for making a “ginger bug”.

 

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Ginger Ale Recipe

Easy recipe for ginger ale made at home that is fermented to enhance nutritional value and add probiotics.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 quarts
Author Sarah

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a half gallon glass jar. Be sure to leave 1 inch at the top else the soda will get moldy instead of ferment.

  2. Leave at room temperature on the counter for 2-3 days and then refrigerate. D not leave near a fruit bowl. Homemade ginger ale is mildly fizzy. You can then mix with a bit of natural mineral water to add even more fizz if desired.

  3. Alternatively, you can bottle the homemade soda and leave on the counter for an additional 1-2 days before refrigerating to produce a very fizzy beverage. Be sure to let the bottled soda get very cold before opening. Opening in the sink is also a good idea.

  4. If the finished homemade ginger ale is not sweet enough for your taste, add a tiny pinch of optional stevia or stir in a small amount of mild, raw honey.

Recipe Notes

2 tablespoons of freshly chopped ginger root may be substituted for the ground ginger.

If you have a dairy allergy, you may substitute 1/4  cup ginger bug starter for the liquid whey.

Alternatively, you can use coconut water kefir or the liquid strained from coconut milk yogurt as the fermentation starter.

 

 

 

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

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The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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