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Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

Homemade healthy probiotic!
Cook Time15 mins
Passive Time2 d
Total Time2 d 15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: British
Keyword: ginger ale
Appliance: Refrigerator, Hot plate
Servings: 2 small jars


  • 1 cup ginger (pieces)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug (or whey)
  • 8 cups water (filtered)


  • Add ginger root, 3 cups of water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes until the sugar completely dissolves and the aroma of ginger becomes strong enough.
  • Turn off the heat. Now, add the rest of the water and allow it to cool briefly until it reaches room temperature.
  • Add lemon juice and ginger bug or whey.
  • Transfer the mixture 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. The whey added will lead to a faster fermentation as compared to the 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 will smell of ginger and yeast.
  • Strain it in a glass and serve it with a slice of lime!
    A glass filled with ginger ale and a slice of lemon on the rim of the glass


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.