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Homemade Ginger Ale

homemadegingeale2.jpgIn my previous blog, I talked about six ways to alleviate morning sickness. You may have noticed one time-tested method missing from my list: Ginger ale. The truth is, commercial brands of ginger ale are so loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and empty calories you’re better off avoiding them. Besides, the trace amounts of real ginger in these soft drinks is so small, it doesn’t help nausea. If you feel better from drinking supermarket ginger ale, it is probably the placebo effect brought on by memories of drinking it as a child when you had a belly ache.

If you want a real ginger cure, make your own ginger ale!

  • 1 cup peeled, grated ginger (use a cheese grater)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups club soda
  • Freshly squeezed juice of lime

In saucepan, bring 2 cups water and grated ginger to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

In separate saucepan, bring sugar, water, and honey to a boil until the sugar is dissolved to create simple syrup. Add lime juice.

Place metal strainer on top of simple syrup mixture and strain ginger pieces from water, combining ginger water and simple syrup into one saucepan.

Divide ginger ale mixture evenly into four glasses and add about one cup of club soda to each. (You can also make one serving now and save the rest for later, just reserve ginger ale mixture in a covered container and refrigerate.)

An additional benefit of homemade ginger ale? The very scent of the ginger boiling made me feel better! If you want a quick fix and don’t feel like waiting to prepare ginger ale, keep some fresh ginger simmering on your stove and inhale whenever you feel queasy. After preparing this tasty drink, the scent of ginger permeated the house and I felt better for about three days!

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