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Three Beverages You Can Make From Fresh Ginger

Updated on January 20, 2014

Ginger is a herb but not just any herb, it has many valuable uses. You can use it as a spice, fresh, dried, powdered or in oil form. It's also used in medicine where it's known to have many health benefits. Did I mention that it also tastes great?

Keep reading for an amazingly delicious homemade ginger ale recipe and for other ways that you can use ginger and take full advantage of this special herb.

Homemade ginger ale

My homemade ginger ale
My homemade ginger ale | Source

The Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has many impressive benefits which include:

  • Preventing and treating colds and the flu
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Relieving heartburn
  • Positive effects on the digestive tract
  • Relieving migraines
  • Treating morning sickness
  • Relieving menstrual cramps


Fresh Ginger Ale

You need to try this homemade ginger ale recipe. It's sooo good, especially on a hot summer day. It's super refreshing, easy to make, and guests love it too. You probably won't even need to go out to the store to buy any of the ingredients because all you'll need is ginger, sugar, and sparkling water.

This ginger ale is sweet but has a nice spicy kick to it. I love the way it fizzes and refreshes, ahh!

These are all the ingredients you'll need to make your very own ginger-ale
These are all the ingredients you'll need to make your very own ginger-ale | Source

Ingredients for a Home-made Ginger Ale

  • 1 cup unpeeled, washed, fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups sparkling water, chilled
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Finely chop the gingerCoarsely chop the ginger Ginger's starting to cookWhen the ginger liquid looks like this, it's readyStrain the gingerTada, the ginger ale is ready!
Finely chop the ginger
Finely chop the ginger | Source
Coarsely chop the ginger
Coarsely chop the ginger | Source
Ginger's starting to cook
Ginger's starting to cook | Source
When the ginger liquid looks like this, it's ready
When the ginger liquid looks like this, it's ready | Source
Strain the ginger
Strain the ginger | Source
Tada, the ginger ale is ready!
Tada, the ginger ale is ready! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: Serves 4 people 4 cups of refreshing ginger-ale

Instructions

  1. Place ginger root in a blender and have it finely chopped. Move the chopped ginger into a pot.
  2. Add the cup of sugar and 3 cups of water into the pot, stir well, and set set the stove to medium-high heat.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about an hour and a half. Once you the mixture is syrupy, it's ready!
  4. Strain the ginger syrup through a sieve into a small pitcher or whatever you want to keep the ginger syrup in. Set aside to cool.
  5. Get pretty serving glasses, fill each glass with ice and a bit less than 1/3 cup of the syrup. Top off each glass with sparkling water, garnish with a slice of lemon or lime and TADA you've got yourself ginger ale.

Fresh Ginger Honey Tea

Fresh ginger honey tea is my secret to never having a cold or flu. If I ever feel something coming on, I prepare a mug of this miraculous tea and it's like the tea just erases it.

So here's what you'll need:

  • Half-inch slice of ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water

How to make ginger tea:

  1. Pour water into a small pot and drop the ginger slice in. Let the water boil for 15 minutes so you get a nice strong gingery taste.
  2. While the water's boiling, put the honey and lemon juice in a mug.
  3. Take the ginger slice out of the water, discard, and pour the gingery water into the mug.
  4. Enjoy and get well soon!

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Ginger and Turmeric Tea

This tea is extra good for you - not only does it give you the benefits of ginger, you also get the benefits of turmeric (which has been found to defend against cancer and Alzheimer’s).

Ingredients you'll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

How to make ginger and turmeric tea:

1. Bring water to a boil, then add powdered herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Strain tea into a mug, add maple syrup and lemon, stirring to combine. Drink warm.

Makes 1 serving.

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      Jeff Boettner 3 years ago from Tampa, FL

      The Home made Ginger Ale looks delicious, Definitely making some asap! (wish I Had some ginger like right now)

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Rebecca, mmm ginger ale has been my "drink of choice" too but once I started making it at home, I can never get myself to drink the store bought one because home made just tastes sooo much better!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Heather! Did you try making the ginger ale w/ less sugar? Sorry but I don't know the answer to your question. It looks like you'll need to substitute the sugar - you can use brown or raw sugar instead or, I read that you can use honey instead for part of the sugar content but I don't have the exact measurements.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Denise - I'm really glad to know that the ginger ale was a big hit and you liked it. I also love it and it's a big hit when I make it for guests so I just had to share it. Now I keep a stock of ginger syrup ;-)

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      It's mid-July, pouring down rain and cold outside, and I've got a cold. I think I'll make some of that miracle ginger honey lemon tea and wait to see if the summer ever comes to try the ginger ale!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Global chica, I love the taste and flavor of ginger. In winter we have ginger tea everyday. Love gingerale too. I'd like to try the gingerale your way and the other teas as well. So bookmarking this. Voted up and awesome.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ginger ale is my "drink of choice" and I have never even considered making it. How very cool! I must give this a try! Voted useful and shared!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mmm. I love ginger. I want to try to make the teas. The ginger ale looks yummy, too!! You also gave me a hub idea. Thanks!

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Yum! I love ginger (being from Hawaii) and we use it a lot in our food. Ginger drinks are so delicious, but I have only made one that was successful. I am so excited to try the ones you outlined above. They sound delicious! Great work, voted up, Tweeted!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Just an FYI--I made the ginger ale yesterday and it was gone within 2 hours. A big hit! Thanks, again.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds great. I'd love to try the ginger ale, and it's simple enough to make. Regarding the turmeric in the tea... that's something I never thought of. It looks like something that would really cure one's ills. Great job!

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      I will have to try the ginger ale! Would it taste terrible if I cut back on the sugar to about a 1/2 cup?

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Looks delicious - another new recipe to try! Voted up etc.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      You may be my new hero! I love making beverages and I love ginger, but I've never made my own ginger drinks. Now I have no excuse! I've already bookmarked it and I'm about to vote up, useful, and awesome!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Ok. This is the best idea I have seen here. I'm trying it this weekend! And sharing!