Gingerale for stomach upset and flu symptoms
Did you know that you can make your own soda pop? By making your own you can break-free from the dependence on multinational corporations, and enjoy time with your family, too.
Gingerale is often recommended for stomach upsets and flu symptoms. Ginger is a natural cure for nausea and gas. However, commercial gingerale is full of high fructose corn syrup, made from genetically modified corn, as well as artificial flavours and colours. Homemade gingerale is easy to make, healthier, and can be cheaper to make, depending on your ingredients.
Here’s what you need to make your own gingerale:
2 organic lemons
1/2 to 1 cup of honey or sugar, or to taste
1 inch piece of ginger root
3 quarts filtered water
1/4 tsp. of bread yeast
Grate the zest of of two lemons and juice them, reserve the juice. Put the 2.5 quarts of water in a large pot. Bring to a simmer and add the lemon zest. Grate the 1 inch piece of ginger and add it to the simmering water. Add the honey or sugar, to taste. Simmer for 30 min. Take off the simmer and allow to cool to luke warm. Strain the liquid into a fresh pot, to remove solids. Add the juice. Sprinkle the yeast on the top of the lukewarm liquid. Allow to bubble. Stir in.
Using a funnel bottle the liquid into recycled pop bottles with crimped caps, or beer bottles, or heavy glass bottles with screw top lids. Place in a warm place and allow to ferment. Bubbles will begin to rise to the top of the bottles as the yeast works. Check it after 24 to 48 hours. When it reaches the state of doneness that you are looking for, refrigerate to slow down the fermentation process. This recipe makes 2 quarts of gingerale, enough to fill a plastic, screw top pop bottle.
For larger proportions check out my Rootbeer recipe. Use the proportion of water to sugar/honey found there. Increase ginger and lemon proportionately.
Doing this as a homeschool project? Check out the rootbeer article for lesson plan ideas.
I’ve been making this delicious drink this week to rehydrate for cold and flu season. Its more refreshing than plain water and the lemon cuts mucous.
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