This refreshing beverage can help in the treatment of many health issues.
Ginger is a very popular and beneficial spice that has been used for thousands of years. It abounds in essential vitamins and minerals and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effect, especially in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. In addition, ginger represents one of the best remedies against nausea.
This plant has found its place in many recipes, among which is the ginger ale or beer. Although there’s a ready-made version of ginger ale that can be bought in every supermarket, the homemade ginger ale is far better, more delicious and much healthier.
Homemade ginger ale can help you preserve your overall health.
As we already said, ginger is very nutritious. It contains vitamins A, C and B-complex, as well as potassium and manganese, which are great for your heart and may prevent the development of heart diseases.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it is used as a remedy against pain and inflammation. It helps soothe muscle and back pain, as well as menstrual cramps.
Some of the amazing benefits of ginger include the following:
- It improves the health of the digestive tract;
- It relieves nausea;
- It reduces bad cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels;
- It is useful in the treatment of respiratory health issues and cough;
- It helps lower high body temperature;
- It stimulates blood circulation.
Recipe for Ginger Ale
By preparing ginger ale, you’ll get a super healthy fermented beverage. Good health and fermented foods go together. The benefits of fermented foods are numerous, but among the most important is their ability to balance the digestive health, which is crucial for the maintenance of good immunity.
- 5 cm grated fresh ginger root;
- ½ a cup of lemon juice;
- ½ a cup of brown sugar;
- ¼ a teaspoon of sea salt;
- 8 cups of water;
- ½ a cup of ginger bug (you can find the recipe for ginger bug in the text below).
- Boil a mixture of 3 cups of water, grated ginger, brown sugar and sea salt.
- Let it boil for about 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Next, add the rest of the water and leave it to cool at room temperature.
- Add the lemon juice and the ginger bug.
- Pour the ginger ale in a glass jar and close it well so that no air can enter.
- Let it sit for 2-3 days, until it becomes gassy and foamy, and if you want it to be non-alcoholic. If you leave it for a longer period, it will become alcoholic beverage.
- Strain the liquid, pour into a glass bottle and keep it refrigerated.
The speed of the fermentation process depends on the external temperature, the type of sugar and the strength of the ginger bug. The final product should taste like ginger with a specific aroma of the bug. Don’t leave it to ferment too long because it could explode.
Keep the ginger beer in the refrigerator.
Read the Recipe for Ginger Bug on the next page…