Through my travels in Amsterdam I fell in love with homemade ginger-ale. Upon researching I found it is easy-peasy to make, and quite inexpensive! This is my first try at it so I kept it simple. Next time I would love to experiment more with adding different flavors with the use of mint, lemon, cloves, there are just so many options!
1 cup finely chopped ginger
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
lime per serving
-Put ginger and water into a pot, then bring to a boil. Once boiling turn off heat and cover. Let sit for 30-40 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the spicier the ginger will taste.
-Strain ginger from water. Add the water back to the pot with sugar. Heat until all sugar is dissolved.
-Allow mixture to cool.
-Once cool, add about two tablespoons of ginger water into glass with ice, juice from half a lime, slice the other half and top with sparkling water. Enjoy! Ginger syrup will keep about two weeks in the fridge in an air tight container 🙂
Ginger-ale is not only tasty and refreshing, but brings a lot of benefits due to the superfood of the ginger plant. It has been used for medicinal purposes for over 2000 years :)! I certainly grew up with ginger-ale and crackers being a cure for a stomach ache.
Some health benefits of ginger to list:
- nausea relief
- soothes irritable bowel syndrome
- burns fat
- relieves tired muscles
- helps with morning sickness/motion sickness
- reduces inflammation
- improves circulation
- blocks heartburn
- clears sinuses
- fights Alzheimer’s disease and cancer
- strengthens immune system
- protects against radiation
- clears skin
- reduces risk of heart attack
- relieves gas
- improves/stimulates digestive system
- relieves menstrual cramps
- fights infections
I would love to get more ginger into my diet 🙂 I think next I will try to make homemade ginger shots following this recipe:
homemade swedish ginger shot
Hopefully you can benefit from adding some ginger into your diet, and find this interesting! I am always so curious when it comes to holistic methods of treating things, there is so much to know!!
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