I’ve been experimenting with making my own homemade ginger ale for awhile, and I think I finally have the recipe how I like it. I’ve been waiting and waiting to share it with you! I love to use the ginger ale as a treatment for sore muscles, but even more for asthma. Although I rarely have an attack anymore, I often have days where breathing seems labored. A glass of homemade ginger ale seems to eliminate that feeling for the rest of the day for me. Of course, this is no replacement for a doctor’s care if you’re really having an attack, but it’s nice to be able to feel like you have some control over the sensation of having difficulty breathing.
Take one large handful peeled and coarsely chopped ginger root, fresh. Put it in a medium sauce pan and fill with water. Bring the water just to boiling, and reduce the heat until the water just steams but does not boil. Allow to heat without boiling until the water is about half of what you started with. While the tea is still hot, strain out the ginger pieces and add about 1/2 – 3/4 cup honey. (Most recipes call for sugar water, but I like to use honey to avoid so much processed sugars.) The mixture should be very sweet and very spicy. Allow too cool, bottle, and place in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to enjoy some ginger ale, fill your glass 1/2 – 3/4 full, then top off with a good mineral water. Add a squirt of lime juice if you prefer.
You may need to tinker with the ratios to get the ginger ale how you prefer. Keep it on hand for your aches, pains, arthritis, asthma, stomach aches and queasies. You can even use it for menstrual cramps, but beware – ginger “improves” the flow of–uh–Aunt Flo. So if you’re not hoping for that result, don’t overdo your homemade ginger ale, even if it’s darned delicious!