Light and sparkling, ginger ale has always been one of my favorite drinks. But drinking sugar-laden, chemically laced store bought soda is out of the question. This is the way Ginger Ale was made before it was commercialized and ruined. It was loaded with health benefits. The addition of real vanilla in this recipe adds a wonderful depth of warmth to the spiciness of the ginger.
makes about 3 cups concentrate which should yield about 6 glasses of Ginger Ale
- 4 cups water
4- to 5-inch piece of ginger
1 teaspoon white Stevia powder (liquid Stevia works just as well)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
a wedge of lime
sparkling water (no artificial sweeteners)
- Peel the ginger and cut it into slices.
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the ginger and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Strain the liquid into a heatproof glass container and add the Stevia and vanilla. Stir to dissolve.
- Store in the refrigerator until cold. Serve over ice with an equal amount of sparkling water and a wedge of lime. (I have also used lemon when I didn't have lime)
As most of you know the ginger in this recipe has anti- inflammatory properties as well as being chemo-protective. This is a great alternative for those of you who don’t buy store bought soda drinks!