Feb 15, 2012

Homemade Gingerale

This time of year, ginger is a must-have in the house. It is one of the best immune boosters and is soothing on the digestive tract. While I rarely drink soda, every once in a while I crave something carbonated. Other than placing a slice of fresh ginger in my tea with a little honey (sweet and spicy - yum!), this is my favorite way of getting my dose of this healthy root.

Ingredients for Ginger Syrup
- Fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 C water
- 1 1/4 C cane sugar

Ingredients for Gingerale
- 3 to 4 T of Ginger Syrup
- Club soda or seltzer water (if you own a Soda Stream...I may be slightly envious...)
- Lime (optional)

Place chopped ginger and sugar in a small sauce pan with 1 C of water over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. When sugar is completely dissolved, turn off heat and let sit for 20-30 minutes.

The liquid is now a syrup-like consistency. Remove ginger and pour syrup into a jar to store in fridge.

When ready to use, just pour 3-4 T of ginger syrup in a glass (over ice if you prefer)

Fill glass with carbonated water and stir

Squeeze in a little fresh lime juice for added flavor if you'd like

 Add a straw and enjoy!

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