ginger-ale how to

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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! 

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homemade ginger-ale from Amsterdam, check out my Amsterdam blog for more info where to try one 🙂

Ingredients:

1 cup finely chopped ginger
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
lime per serving
sparkling water
ice

Directions:
-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 🙂

 

img_7302Ginger-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:

  1. nausea relief
  2. soothes irritable bowel syndrome
  3. burns fat
  4. relieves tired muscles
  5. helps with morning sickness/motion sickness
  6. reduces inflammation
  7. improves circulation
  8. blocks heartburn
  9. clears sinuses
  10. fights Alzheimer’s disease and cancer
  11. strengthens immune system
  12. protects against radiation
  13. clears skin
  14. reduces risk of heart attack
  15. relieves gas
  16. improves/stimulates digestive system
  17. relieves menstrual cramps
  18. 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!!

thanks for stopping by

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