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!
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).
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 (always in my fridge: this sugar free bbq sauce!
- Having a legit need for a pedicure
- Eating fresh food al fresco (like superb salmon ceviche)
- Drinking sugar free homemade ginger ale!
That first sip of homemade ginger ale will knock your socks off. Metaphorically speaking, obviously. You will be in sandals, after all.
Homemade ginger ale is simply a million miles better than the overly sweet shop-bought ginger ale drinks 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!
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Sugar Free Homemade Ginger Ale
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- 6 cm ginger root peeled and grated
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp powdered sweetener 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.
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