Ginger ale is a beverage that has been enjoyed since the mid-19th Century. It’s often used as a remedy for indigestion. It can also alleviate the symptoms of colds. While it can be used to help those that are ill, it’s also a delicious drink that can be enjoyed at any time. What’s great is that it’s actually simple to make. Here are several recipes to help you make your own at home.
Fermented Ginger Ale
For the best tasting ginger ale, use this old-fashioned recipe. It’ll be better than anything you could buy at the grocery store!
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger root
juice of one whole lemon
¼ teaspoon of fresh granular baker’s yeast
Add the sugar and yeast into a 2 liter bottle. The easiest way to do this is through a funnel. Grate the ginger and add it to a measuring cup. Juice the lemon, then add the juice to the measuring cup. Stir it thoroughly. Add the mixture to the bottle through the funnel. Add a cup of water to the bottle. Tighten the cap onto the bottle
Leave the ginger ale in a warm location for one to two days. The yeast must ferment the ale before it’s ready to drink. Once you’re able to squeeze the bottle without your finger leaving a dent, the ale is ready to be refrigerated. After that, the ale is done.
Stovetop Ginger Ale
Another way to make ginger ale is on your stove top. This tastes just as great as the previous method and takes equal effort.
1 ½ ounces finely grated fresh ginger
3/4 cup sugar
7 ½ cups of water
⅛ teaspoon of active dry yeast
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
In 2-quart saucepan, add the ginger, sugar, and ½ cup of water. Stir the mixture on medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the heat. Strain the mixture into a bowl. Keep the bowl refrigerated until the mixture reaches room temperature. Pour the mixture into a 2-liter bottle using a funnel. Add the yeast, lemon juice, and remaining 7 cups of water.
As with the old-fashioned method, screw the cap on tightly and leave the ale out for 24 to 48 hours. After the ale has fermented, refrigerate it and enjoy!
Alcohol-Free Ginger Ale
Finally, here is a recipe for non-alcoholic ginger ale for those that aren’t particularly keen on getting a buzz from this delicious drink.
1 cup of peeled, finely chopped ginger
3 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of club soda
Boil two cups of water in a saucepan. Add the ginger and reduce the heat to medium. Allow the ginger to sit for five minutes. Strain the mixture. In another saucepan, dissolve the sugar in a cup of boiling water to make a syrup. Mix the ginger water, syrup, and club soda. Chill the drink and serve.