How to Make Homemade Ginger Ale and Why You Should Avoid Store-Bought Brands

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Learn how to make homemade ginger ale. Here's a simple recipe as well as 5 reasons why you should make it at home.

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Making homemade ginger ale is so easy you wouldn’t believe it.  That being said, when I made ginger ale for the first time, it was a comedic disaster.  The ginger ale recipe I used called for fresh lime juice.  But instead of using the juice of fresh limes I used concentrated bottled lime juice (which I mistook for fresh lime juice).

It was limey, to say the least.

It was also gross.

When I realized my mistake, I tried it again.  And it came out beautifully.  

5 Reasons to Make Homemade Ginger Ale

1. It’s a perfect late-summer, early-fall beverage.

2. It’s beyond easy.

3. It’s fermented which means it contains healthy probiotics.

4. Conventional ginger ale usually contains high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and “natural flavoring” for the ginger flavor.  “Natural flavoring” is another word for chemicals. 

Schweppes, Canada Dry and Seagram’s contain all of the above.  Guess what they don’t contain?

5. Homemade ginger ale contains…get ready for this… real ginger. 

Here’s the recipe I used from Nourishing Traditions, with a few minor changes:

Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

Real ginger, lime juice, sugar and a few other things is all you need to make a simple homemade ginger ale.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 quarts
Author Craig Fear

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup whey
  • 2 quarts filtered water
  • a few mint leaves, optional

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop ginger.

  2. Add other ingredients to a 2 quart glass jar and add filtered water.

  3. Leave on counter for 2-4 days and check every day for signs of fizzing. 


  4. When carbonated, transfer to the fridge.

 

A Few More Things You Should Know

Just to be clear, for the lime juice, absolutely do NOT use this (or anything like it):

Learn how to make homemade ginger ale. Here's a simple recipe as well as 5 reasons why you should make it at home.

Use freshly squeezed lime juice from actual real limes!

Also, because this is fermented it will probably be stronger than most ginger ales you’ve tried in the past.  If it’s too strong, dilute it with some carbonated water.  The carbonated water will also add some additional fizz.

Finally, most recipes I’ve seen call for 2-3 days of fermenting on your kitchen counter before transferring it to the fridge.  Be sure to taste it as you go.  Your taste buds will tell you when it’s ready.

Mine tasted flat after two days and there was no sign of bubbling.  On day three it was slightly better.

On day four, it looked like this:

Learn how to make homemade ginger ale. Here's a simple recipe as well as 5 reasons why you should make it at home.

And it tasted great.

Have you made homemade ginger ale? Did you do anything different? Please share your experience in the comments below.

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Learn how to make homemade ginger ale. Here's a simple recipe as well as 5 reasons why you should make it at home.

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About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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