Skip the store-bought soda and make this low-sugar Homemade Gingerale to sip on!
Time for another month of Recipe Redux. This month the challenge was beverages. Here’s the prompt:
Beverages Are Hot – That which is served in a mug, glass, or stein is becoming just as interesting as what’s on the plate. New cocktail-only blogs are emerging. Pinners are cooking with their Keurig K-cups. Hot beverages have gone way beyond hot cocoa. Beverages are in! Whether you’re serving something hot or cool, kid-friendly or happy hour worthy, show us your healthier drink.
I’m not a soda drinker. Even when I was little, it wasn’t something I was allowed to have often…and when I did have it, all I really liked was Sprite + Pink Lemonade and Gingerale. No Coke, Dr. Pepper or Root Beer for me. Now that I’m older, pretty much the only soda I drink is Gingerale…and pretty much the only time I drink it is on the airplane. There’s something about airplanes and Gingerale that just go together for me….
Hubby, on the other hand, used to be a big time soda drinker. Eventually my non-soda drinking ways rubbed off on him and he rarely drinks it anymore…but lately, thanks to one of our friends, he has acquired a taste for Captain Morgan. And his favorite thing to mix it with is Gingerale.
So…when I started thinking about this month’s challenge, I thought it might be cool if I could make a homemade Gingerale…something I wouldn’t mind taste-testing…something I could try making lower in sugar than the canned version…something hubby could potentially use in his mixed drinks!
Turns out, homemade gingerale is about as easy as it gets. It requires very few ingredients and you can adjust the ratios to suit your tastebuds.
Here’s what you do:
- I made my ginger water with 3 slices of lemon and 3 slices of lime. If you want to make it with just ginger, go for it…or you can add more lemon or more lime to your preference.
- You can also make just plain ginger water and then squeeze in a bit of lemon or lime juice to the mixed drink.
- Most recipes for simple syrup call for a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water but I think it’s plenty sweet with only 1/2 the sugar.
- Most homemade recipes called for 6 Tbsp of traditional simple syrup. I cut that in half and used a lower-sugar simple syrup and it’s just sweet enough for me!
Next up is having hubby put this to the test in his mixed drink and replicating my holiday favorite Cranberry Gingerale! Stay tuned!