Make Your Own All Natural Real Ginger Ale

With all the bad press cola and diet cola drinks have gotten lately, is it any wonder that more and more people are turning to good, old fashioned, ginger ale?

Especially since the news has gotten around about all the health benefits we can get from ginger, what could be better?

Um, how about some ginger ale that actually has some ginger in it?

Photo credit: bigstock

Photo credit: bigstock

Seriously, if you read the ad’s from some of these ad’s from these companies, you would think their drinks contained at least a small amount of ginger, but read the labels and you get the true story. Not only do they have no ginger (natural “flavor”, what does that mean exactly?) but they contain high fructose corn syrup, the same as other sodas. Some of these “new” ginger ales state that they have “fewer calories” but that’s because they are using Splenda or Sucralose to keep down the calorie count. Studies out of Europe show that rats developed leukemia after ingesting Sucralose. Read also about diet soda, aspartame linked to premature death in women.

The worst part here is probably how these manufacturers try to trick you into thinking that their ginger ale actually has ginger because they color it. That yellowish color does NOT come from ginger, however, but from caramel coloring. Now don’t be confused, this isn’t like the caramel you use when you are making candied apples in your kitchen, this is an artificial color made by heating sulfites and ammonia in pressure cookers. This creates powerful carcinogenic compounds that have been proven to cause thyroid tumors, liver tumors, and lung tumors in rats and mice. Have you ever wondered why so many research studies use rats and mice? As awful as it sounds, it’s because many of their tissues are extremely similar to our own. So, keep that in mind. This “caramel” color they are using, to fool consumers into thinking that they are using ginger in their ginger ale, causes cancer and tumors in mice and rats.

If you think one brand might be “healthier” than another, think again and read those labels. You will be shocked by what’s actually in them, as well as what’s NOT in these products.

For several hundred years, people around the world have made various forms of a fermented drink we call ginger ale. These naturally fermented flavorful drinks had tons of probiotics and good enzymes. Why do manufacturers who make this artificial junk think they can improve on a natural process that is already so good for you?

You don’t need to buy these fake ginger ales when it’s so easy to make your own. Try out this recipe and taste what a REAL ginger ale should taste like and get all the health benefits of ginger while you’re at it.

Please use all organic ingredients whenever possible for the best possible health.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
  • 2 inch piece of fresh, organic ginger, juiced
  • 12 ounces of carbonated or sparkling water
  • Squeeze from half a lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut nectar, raw honey, or real maple syrup ( you can use more if you like your drinks really sweet)

Combine all the above ingredients and enjoy! If you don’t have a juicer, you can blend the ginger with the juice from the lemon and then squeeze the juice out through a cheese cloth.

Please share this post with everyone you know who is drinking that canned ginger ale thinking that they are drinking something healthier than colas.