Although you can buy ginger ale in the grocery store, it's a lot more fun to make it yourself. This refreshing and healthy drink is delicious and easy to make. In making homemade ginger ale, yeast will react with sugar to cause carbonation, and fresh ginger root will flavor your drink.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon granular baker's yeast
- Fresh ginger root- enough for 1 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 liter plastic bottle with cap
- Fine mesh strainer (optional)
Pour the sugar into the bottle. Using the funnel, carefully add a cup of sugar to a clean and dry 2 liter soda bottle. Use a plastic bottle, because you won't be able to tell when the ginger ale inside a glass bottle is ready to drink.
Add the yeast. Next, add 1/4 teaspoon of baker's yeast to the bottle. This can be found in the baking section of your grocery store. Now shake the bottle gently to mix the sugar and yeast.
Grate the ginger. Now, finely grate the fresh ginger until you have 1 1/2 tablespoon of grated ginger root. Make sure it is very finely grated, not coarse.
Juice the lemon. Nest juice a whole lemon. Lemon will keep the pH level of the ginger ale low, and also add to the flavor.
Mix the lemon juice and ginger. Now mix the lemon juice and grated ginger. Stir it, and then carefully add the mixture to the bottle. Some may stick in the funnel, but its quite alright.
Add water. Pour some water through the funnel to clean it. Then continue to fill the bottle with cool, clean water, until there is about an inch at the top of the bottle. Screw the cap down, and gentle shake the bottle to dissolve the sugar. Of course, the ginger will not dissolve.
Let the mixture sit. Let the bottle sit in a warm spot for 24 to 48 hours. Test by squeezing the bottle. If it feels firm, the ginger ale is done. DO NOT leave it alone for longer than 48 hours, or the pressure inside the bottle could cause it to explode.
Enjoy! Before drinking, refrigerate overnight to chill. Open carefully to release the pressure that has built up. You may want to run the ginger ale through a fine mesh strainer if you wish to remove the pieces of ginger. Otherwise, you will find ginger flakes in the first glass or two and in the last glass.
If you want a stronger tasting ginger ale, use a little extra grated ginger. Do not substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar or adjust the amount of the yeast, or your ginger ale may not carbonate correctly. Ginger ale is a delicious and healthy beverage using the same yeast-based process as making beer, and it's easy to make at home.