Ginger ale is a soothing digestive drink loaded with probiotics and enzymes. This naturally fermented drink is made from ginger culture called ginger bug. A daily dose of this beverage is extremely beneficial for gut health and to ward off nausea. Here’s how you can make it at home easily.
Add ginger root, 3 cups of water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and bring the water to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes until the sugar completely dissolves and the aroma of ginger becomes strong enough.
Turn off the heat and add the rest of the water and allow to cool briefly until it reaches the room temperature.
Add lemon juice and ginger bug or whey.
Transfer to a large glass jug, stir well and then seal with an airtight lid.
Leave it out for 2-3 days until it becomes carbonated. Whey will lead to faster fermentation as compared to a ginger bug. You will get a bubbly fizz when you open the lid depending on the environmental temperature. You may also have to shake the jar once or twice during the fermentation phase for it to ferment better.
Refrigerate after this point. This mixture would smell of ginger and yeast.
Strain it in a glass and serve it with a slice of lime!
You can store the ginger ale in a refrigerator for an indefinite period.
Be careful during the fermentation phase! Too much carbonation may lead to jar explosion. Also, if it is kept to ferment for weeks, alcohol may start forming in it.
If you do not have organic sugar, you may choose to use 1/2 cup regular sugar with 1 tablespoon molasses as it will enhance the flavor.
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