Fresh Honey Ginger Ale

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In search of a Ginger Beer recipe, I stumbled upon this easy, delicious, all natural version of ginger ale.  This produces a sweet, refreshing drink with a nice pungent kick of ginger spice.  Although the original recipe calls for granulated sugar, the addition of raw honey would make this a perfect sore throat, cough/cold beverage.  For carbonation, I simply add 50% club soda or seltzer water.

Paula’s Fresh Honey Ginger Ale

  • ¼ Pounds Fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • ¼ Cups Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup honey* (1 cup sugar can be used in place of honey)
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Seltzer or club soda
  1.  In a 2-5 qt pot, combine all in ingredients (unless using raw honey, see note below).
  2.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  3.  Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and into a pitcher.
  4.  If using raw honey, then stir it into the warm liquid now until dissolved.
  5.  Drink warm as a cold and sore throat soother, or chill and serve carbonated with selzter water for a refreshing drink.  This is a strong sweet mixture, so I add about 50% seltzer.  Adjust to suit your taste.

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The Ginger Beer Concept

I still haven’t given up on the idea of turning this into an actual ginger beer.  Multiply the recipe to equate to a 5 gallon batch.  I’d add more water for a dryer beer.  Add to a sanitized carboy, pitch an ale or champaign yeast, add an air lock, wrap with a towel and keep in a cool dry place for 2-3 weeks.  Not yet proven, but in theory it sounds good!  I’ll post the results when we actually get around to trying it.

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