Homemade Ginger Ale

Here's a simple, tasty and healthy way to prepare homemade Ginger Ale, a delicious nonalcoholic beverage that became very popular in the USA around 1860-1930. The cooking will fill your kitchen with a lovely aroma as well...

This Ginger ale recipe is both quick and easy to make and lasts for at least a week in the fridge. Apart from being both festive and tasty, it is also healthy:

  • Ginger helps for example against nausea, sore throat and coughing.
  • This recipe adds some Cayenne pepper. Both the ginger and cayenne is great for blood circulation!
  • In ancient China Ginger was even cultivated as an aphrodisiac ; ).
Homemade ginger ale

This recipe uses fresh ginger. Since fresh ginger spoils rather quickly, I suggest that if you get any leftovers, the ginger root freezes beautifully! Just put in plastic, and freeze.

Whenever you need some ginger, simply take it from the freezer and grate as much as you need. By keeping it in the freezer it lasts for a very long time.

To peel or not to peel?

Well, I have tried both, and there is no difference in the taste- so it is up to you! I would say scrub the ginger root clean, but skip the peeling.

Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

Here's What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 lb. or about 225 gr. fresh ginger. Washed and cut into coin sized slices.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • 2 cups light brown sugar.
  • 2 cups of water.
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Soda water.

Here's What You'll Do

  1. Bring the ginger, cinnamon, sugar and 2 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Lower the heat and let the brew simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the stove, add a tiny amount of cayenne pepper, stir and let cool. You could do this a day in advance, and let it cool overnight if you like.
  3. Strain, and discard the cinnamon and ginger. Pour in glass bottles, cover and store the ginger syrup in the fridge until you want to use it. It lasts for at least a couple of weeks in the fridge.
  4. Fill about ¼ of a glass with the Ginger syrup, top up with ice and soda water and serve stirred, not shaken!

I suggest you try this healthy Ginger Ale recipe as a nonalcoholic alternative for any Holiday dinner or even instead of Champagne on New Year’s Eve! Cheers!


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