Homemade Ginger Ale

When I was enjoying my usual hot ginger tea concocted out of ginger slices, hot water, lemon juice, and Agave nectar the other night, I thought about how exciting it would be to make a Ginger Ale at home. The summer is right around the corner and I thought there is nothing more refreshing and screams out summer than sipping this spicy soft drink right out of a mason jar!

After looking through several recipes online, I came across this lovely one from Simply Recipes.  I decided to change things up a little to make a slightly healthier version of this popular soft drink by substituting sugar with Agave nectar. The result is an amazingly refreshing drink that will make you forget about any sodas you’ve ever had in your life! 🙂  I hope you would give this recipe a try!

Homemade Ginger Ale
Inspired by Simply Recipes

Ginger base (makes about 4 servings)
1 large ginger, peeled and cut
2 cups water

For mixing (per 1 serving)
1/2 cup Ginger base
2 to 4 tablespoon Agave nectar, depending on how sweet you want it
Juice of 1/2 lemon
About 1/2 cup sparkling water
1 mason jar (1 cup)

Peel and cut the ginger into small pieces. You don’t have to worry about peeling it perfectly since you’ll strain everything at the end. Boil the ginger slices in water for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the ginger sit in hot water for 10 more minutes. Strain liquid and discard any ginger pieces. Set aside the liquid until completely cooled.

When the ginger water is cooled, add 1/2 cup of it with 2 to 4 tablespoons of Agave nectar (I used 3 tablespoons) in a mason jar and stir well. Add ice (if you like it super cold)  and top off the jar with sparkling water. Squeeze 1/2 lemon juice, stir, and enjoy!

I put the remainder of the ginger water in a jar and put it in a fridge until I’m ready to drink it again tomorrow!

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