DIY: Ginger Ale
· 4 cups water
· 2 cups sliced fresh ginger root (unpeeled. You can also grate the root for a sharper flavor)
· 2 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
· 2 Tbsp. raw local honey (not a store-bought name brand)
· Sparkling mineral water or club soda
In a medium saucepan, combine water and ginger over high heat. Once boiling, lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for one hour. Remove lid and continue to simmer 30 more minutes. Take off heat and strain mixture to remove ginger and let cool until the mixture is still quite warm but not so hot you lose the benefits of the honey when added. Stir in lemon and honey. Cool completely. This is your ginger syrup.
To make ginger ale, pour ¼ cup ginger syrup to a glass, add sparkling water. Stir well. Add ice. Enjoy!
Benefits of Ginger
Having fresh ginger before a meal will kick-start your appetite and increase digestion.
Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
During winter months, ginger can help clear your sinuses.
Ginger, with a little raw honey, can help ease an upset stomach or airsickness.
Ginger helps reduce gas.
It will also help with stomach cramps, from any cause.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce aching muscles and joints.
In Ayurvedic tradition, ginger is even known to have certain aphrodisiac properties.