Friday, June 11, 2010

DIY: Healthy Homemade Ginger Ale

The heat is on! So, we thought we would share this simple recipe for a refreshing homemade ginger ale. This is a fantastic alternative to conventional unhealthy store bought sodas. Feel the burn without all of the high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors! Plus, you get the added health benefits from the fresh ginger, which can ease nausea, boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, bring down a fever, and improve circulation. Enjoy!

Ginger water
1 cup peeled, finely chopped ginger
2 cups water

Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Club soda
Lime juice
Lime wedges

1 Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add ginger. Reduce heat to medium low and let ginger sit in the simmering water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Discard ginger pieces.

2 In a separate saucepan, make the Simple Syrup by dissolving 1 cup granulated sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside.

3 Make individual (tall) glasses of ginger ale by mixing 1/2 cup of ginger water with 1/3 cup of Simple Syrup and 1/2 cup of club soda. Add a few drops of fresh lime juice and a lime wedge to each glass.

Makes four servings.

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