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Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

May 23, 2018

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

When it comes to this Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale recipe, it’s all about the spicy ginger flavor paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon. You can add a bit of fizz for a nice bubbly traditional ginger ale or keep things simple by drinking this Lemon-Ginger drink without any tweaks and as hot tea. Completely healthy, naturally sweetened, easy to make, and perfect for any day or season.

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale is EVERYTHING!

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of ginger ale. Like many of you, I prefer a little ‘bubbly’ throughout the day (some of you may drink seltzer water or mineral water), especially during meals.

However, I’ve always wanted to make a naturally homemade ginger ale, but never got around to it. Until now!

Coming from a Jamaican background, ginger tea has always been a staple, especially as a home remedy for any stomach troubles.

Usually it’s boiled and steeped for a bit before drinking and it’s done wonders! Therefore, boiling ginger isn’t new to me at all.

Surprisingly, eating raw ginger root has been another remedy that I am accustomed to if drinking it in tea form isn’t something you want to do or can do at the moment.

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Why Homemade Ginger Ale?

Although it’s a little harsh and spicy in it’s raw form, chewing it in small pieces also helps with tummy troubles as well.

One of the great things about this recipe is that you have control over the ingredients that are included, so you don’t have to worry about the unhealthy sugars and/or ingredients that the store bought stuff may have.

For instance, you can use honey (or agave for my vegans!) as a natural sweetener if preferred, or perhaps a healthier sugar like brown sugar or pure cane sugar, if you prefer using granulated sugar.

5 Easy Steps to Making this Ginger Ale:

#1: In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add water and let it begin to boil. Once boiling, add chopped ginger root and sliced lemons and boil for 10 minutes.

#2: Turn off heat and cover ginger-lemon mixture to steep for about 25-30 minutes to ensure that flavors are fully infused and potent.

#3: Once fully steeped, stir in Agave (adjust based on how sweet you’d prefer it to be) and carefully remove ginger roots and lemon from the liquid. **Don’t discard of scraps just yet!**

#4: Pour liquid into a medium or large pitcher and add a few of the ginger-lemon scraps to the pitcher to keep taste potent.

#5: To make Lemon Ginger Ale: Add ice to a glass, fill 3/4 of the glass with the Lemon-Ginger mixture, pour seltzer water over the mixture and add a lemon wedge as garnish, if desired. Repeat for every serving.

Sip and Enjoy.

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Does Ginger Ale Normally Have Lemon in it?

Nope. Usually, ginger ale doesn’t include lemon, but in recent years, adding lemon or lime has been the craze and it’s a good craze! Plus, I also like the idea of adding lemon as opposed to a regularly flavored ginger ale, because it adds a nice balance of flavor to this drink. In addition, lemon is a great detoxifier, a great source of vitamin c, promotes hydration, and a ton of other great benefits.

But Did You Know That They Work AMAZINGLY Together Health-wise?

More importantly, lemon and ginger together does wonders as well! Hand in hand, both ingredients have amazing antioxidant and immune-boosting effects, stimulate your metabolism, treats nausea and indigestion, improves cognitive function, excellent aides in skincare, promotes weight loss, relieves pain, and a few other amazing benefits. I’ll dig a bit deeper below.

Feeling for anything ‘lemon-y’? Try these Old Faves.

These Lemon Cheesecake Bites w/ Blueberries are definitely satisfying to your biggest sweet tooth. While Lemon + Blueberries are often used in many desserts, this combo definitely creates an even bigger punch as the velvety cream cheese works perfectly together with the hint of lemon and bold blueberry goodness. These bites are absolutely creamy, fluffy, with a little bit of crunch from the Graham cracker crust. 

This Lemon Tart with Strawberries + Mint is a phenomenal dessert option for any special occasion or any given day. Based with a sweet, crunchy crust and topped with a creamy lemon-y tart, this recipe is a french classic made from heaven. 

These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts are anything but boring! They are super fluffy, soft, moist, and are a delicious sweet treat that comes loaded with lemony flavor married together with a slight nutty flavor from the poppy seeds and baked to perfection. These donuts are perfect on any given day and it’s popping vibrant yellow color makes it especially awesome for Easter!

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Five Surprising Benefits of Lemon + Ginger together:

  • Improves Cognitive Function:

Yes, I know. I wasn’t aware of this either, however, lemon and ginger combined does wonders to our brains. Overall, they are great at soothing specific nerves and improving our mood. As a result, it allows us to think more clearly, and the antioxidant properties eliminates oxidative stress and helps to lower our chances of Alzheimers and dementia.

  • Improves Skin Care:

When it comes to antioxidants and certain vitamins, we know that this obviously helps with skincare. However, when it comes to lemon and ginger combined, specifically, you are able to drink them together to improve your skin health or apply them topically to your irritated skin for healing. Also, because of their antibacterial and antiviral properties, you can use both ingredients to prevent any infection of the skin.

  • Helps with the Health of your Hair:

While each ingredient has been used individually to help your overall hair health, combining them actually boosts your vitamin A and C, which helps to promote hair growth. They both also help to reduce dry skin and dandruff naturally, so this is a great alternative to using specific products that may be overall harmful and not entirely natural.

  • Helps to relieve Pain:

When it comes to ginger specifically, which has it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can also act as an pain reliever and helps your body recover from body pain, menstrual cramps, surgeries, and other illnesses. So the next time you find yourself contemplating on whether to take another pain killer, try using ginger (tea specifically) as a natural home remedy.

  • Controls Diabetes:

Ginger specifically, have been linked to keeping your blood sugar levels at bay, which is good for anyone who suffers from Diabetes. However, research shows that lemon also plays a great role in helping to control Diabetes as well. The soluble fiber and Vitamin C in lemon helps to reduce your blood sugar levels, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol.

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

So, not only does Ginger and Lemon taste amazing together, but they also have some pretty awesome health benefits as well. Who knew?

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh water
  • 2 cups chopped + peeled ginger roots (That's about 2 medium ginger roots!)
  • 3 medium lemons, sliced w/ skin on
  • 1/3 cup Honey or Agave (See Notes!)
  • seltzer or sparkling water, for garnish (I use La Croix)
  • lemon wedges, optional for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add water and let it begin to boil. Once boiling, add chopped ginger root and sliced lemons and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and cover ginger-lemon mixture to steep for about 25-30 minutes to ensure that flavors are fully infused and potent.
  • Once fully steeped, stir in Agave (adjust based on how sweet you'd prefer it to be) and carefully remove ginger roots and lemon from the liquid. **Don't discard of scraps just yet!**
  • Pour liquid into a medium or large pitcher and add a few of the ginger-lemon scraps to the pitcher to keep taste potent.
  • To make Lemon Ginger Ale: Add ice to a glass, fill 3/4 of the glass with the Lemon-Ginger mixture, pour seltzer water over the mixture and add a lemon wedge as garnish, if desired. Repeat for every serving.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Lemon-Ginger mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. **Can be made as a traditional Ginger Ale or enjoyed without the fizz.**
SWEETENER: You can always use maple syrup, ‘honey’, agave instead of using brown sugar. This makes for a more subtle sweet taste. For vegan 'honey', use Bee Free Honee, click link.

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