Homemade, fizzy ginger ale is easy to make with a ginger bug soda starter. As a bonus, it’s packed with probiotics that are amazing for your digestive health. A perfect alternative for anyone trying to cut back on unhealthy, sugary sodas.
Homemade Probiotic Ginger Ale
Makes 1 quart – recipe can be doubled or tripled
1 quart chlorine free water
1/3 cup grated fresh ginger (you can leave skin on)
2 teaspoons molasses
1 lime or lemon – grated zest and juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup active ginger bug
In a pot combine water, ginger, molasses and lime or lemon zest. Cover and bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and add sugar, lime or lemon juice and salt. Stir to completely dissolve sugar and allow to cool 10 minutes. Strain wort through a sieve, then strain again through a coffee filter or a few layers of cheesecloth. Allow to cool completely and add ginger bug. Pour into glass swing top bottles or plastic bottles with screw tops. Fill 2/3 – 3/4 full. Close bottle(s) and allow to ferment in a warm place 2-3 days. (If kitchen is cool, it may take 5-6 days.) Burp bottles every 8 hours to avoid excess gas build up which may cause your bottle to explode. When fully carbonated, refrigerate and enjoy! The longer it sits, the less sweet it becomes–but it won’t last long!
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