Possibly the most refreshing drink ever: Sugar Free Homemade Ginger Ale will make your taste buds do the happy dance. An easy and quick low carb recipe that uses fresh ginger!
Hands up who likes summer?
I know! Me too!
Summer is my favourite season. It is expansive, generous, about enjoying life to the full (and finally not having to wake up early to do the school run).
A dear friend recently gave me the book “The Natural Year” by Jane Alexander, which is a beautiful guide on how to live in balance with the seasons. In essence, she writes that the year has a natural cycle, and we can increase our well-being if we tune into it. Alexander draws on a wide variety of great ancient healing systems such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and naturopathy. The book was written in the 80s, but is still a great overview of alternative therapies (if you’re into that kind of thing) and a perfect break from your favourite Netflix TV series.
In the Chinese system, summer sees the maturation of the aggressive, thrusting energy of spring. It is the most energetic phase of the year, thanks to the glow of the “yang” fire energy. Alexander writes that summer “is the creative power at its height – everything is expansive, fully grown, satisfied. Fire, quite naturally, warms the heart and human emotions. It pulses the blood round the body and keeps our own vital energy, the chi, moving.” According to all ancient teaching systems, the heart is the seat of our emotions. Take the Indian Chakra system – if your heart centre is open, you will be able to experience love, joy, generosity, warmth, abundance.
What’s your heart chakra doing at the moment? I can tell you, mine is wide open. Summer rocks!
On a more down-to-earth level, let me list a few more great things about summer:
- That feeling of cooling down when you jump into a pool
- Running through a water sprinkler and feeling like a kid
- Sitting outside in the evening in a T-shirt (happened last night – in London!)
- Somehow needing less sleep
- Driving with the windows down
- It’s BBQ season!
- Having a legit need for a pedicure
- Eating fresh food al fresco (like this superb salmon ceviche)
- Drinking sugar free homemade ginger ale!
Guys, when you take that first sip of homemade ginger ale, it will knock your socks off. Metaphorically speaking, as you’ll be obviously be barefoot/in flip flops, channelling your abundant fire chi energy.
Homemade ginger ale is simply a million miles better than the uber-sweet shop-bought ginger ale we’re used to. It is zingy, energising and revitalising and has that delightful sharp edge only fresh ginger can lend.
And don’t even get me started about the health benefits. An extra dose of vitamin C is always welcome and ginger has so many powerful benefits for body and brain (it is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, amongst others), we should basically be chewing it all day.
Traditionally, homemade ginger ale is made by cooking ginger with sugar and water to make syrup. I prefer using the ginger raw – this way you get the full plant power benefits and it’s much quicker.
I have added powdered erythritol, but you can replace it with your preferred sweetener such as stevia or xylitol – and, as always, add more if necessary until it has the right kind of sweetness for you. As this recipe calls for mostly carbonated water, I have not calculated the nutritional info. If you’d like me to add it, let me know!
Yields 2 cups
5 based on 6 review(s)
- 6 cm ginger root, peeled and grated
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp powdered erythritol (or more, if you prefer)
- 500 ml (2 cups) carbonated water
- ice cubes and mint leaves to decorate
- Peel and grate the ginger. Place it in a muslin or cheese cloth and squeeze until you have around 1 tbsp of liquid ginger juice.
- In a jug, mix ginger juice, lemon juice and carbonated water.
- Stir in sweetener to taste, add ice cubes and mint and serve immediately.