I love ginger ale. This delicious and refreshing beverage is packed with health promoting nutrients, beneficial enzymes, and probiotics. So instead of grabbing a soda, try and make this natural and health-boosting alternative.
Ginger ale can be used as a tonic to cure digestive complaints such as cramps, upset stomach, gas, nausea, and bloating. (Click here to read my article about the health benefits of ginger)
If you are new to probiotics I’d suggest you start with small amounts and work your way up.
Fizzy Ginger Ale (aka Ginger Beer)
2 inch piece fresh ginger root, minced. (use less if you don’t fancy a strong ginger taste)
½ cup raw organic sugar (to feed the friendly bacteria 😉 )
½ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
½ teaspoon salt (click here to learn more about which salt is best)
8 cups filtered water
½ cup homemade ginger bug (click here for the recipe) or ¼ cup whey (I prefer the taste of the ginger bug though)
In a saucepan, bring 3 cups water, minced ginger, sugar, and salt to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes, make sure all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add the rest of the water. Make sure the mixture is at room temperature before you go any further.
Add lemon juice and ginger bug. Stir well.
Pour in a Mason jar with tight fitting lid.
Close lid and incubate for 2 to 3 days on the counter until carbonated. Check regularly and do not let it become too fuzzy to avoid and exploding jar.
Transfer to the fridge and it will last for ages.
Strain before drinking.
To add even more flavor and nutrients you could add fresh apple juice just before serving. It’s a super yummy and refreshing combo.
Important note: if you use whey, stir occasionally and keep a close look on it. It takes less time to ferment than ginger bug and it also depends on the temperature. Regularly check the ale. It should bubble and hiss when you remove the lid.