Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ginger Ale

I found a recipe in Guideposts Magazine by Rebecca Katz for Ginger Ale that I have been wanting to try. Yesterday, while grocery shopping I decided now would be as good a time as any to give it a whirl.

First step was buying the ginger. I have seen ginger (not to be confused with this Ginger)

in the store but never actually bought it. Most ginger I have come incontact with is the ground variety in the spice department (which I learned at an early age does not taste like gingerbread!) or the pickled variety in sushi restaurants. The recipe calls for 2 cups so I just sort of winged it.

Then you wash the ginger and pat it dry. Slice intyo manageable pieces. The fresh ginger smells so good but I resisted the temptation to take a taste.

Place the ginger in 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. THen remove cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the ginger through a cheesecloth.

You should have 2 cups of liquid. Then add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey.

**Note - We are lucky to have a small, prolific lemon tree in our yard. When the lemons are ripe, we pick then, juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Once frozen, we put the cubes in a bag in the freezer and pull them out as needed. The fresh lemon makes awesome lemonade in the summer and is so tasty on fish. **

Now I have what looks like a bad urine sample but it smells wonderfull!

Add 1/4 cup to a glass of sparkling water or soda water and enjoy!