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|Blackberry mango lime ginger ale|
Not only is ginger tasty, it also has huge health benefits if consumed regularly. Ginger is beneficial for the gastrointestinal system, motion sickness, arthritis, and it also is an antioxidant and can help boost the immune system! Those are just a few of the benefits of this spicy little rhizome! Find out some more info at these helpful websites:
World's Healthiest Foods
Health benefits of ginger
I looked up a whack of different recipes online and found pretty much the same basics: make a simple syrup infused with ginger. A simple syrup is basically equal parts sugar and water boiled until the sugar dissolves and cooled down.
Here's what I did:
Wash then chop up a big ole rhizome of ginger into smallish pieces and place in a pot. ( To peel, or not to peel? The first time I made this, I peeled the ginger but the second time, I washed it well and chopped it up. I didn't notice a difference. This is strictly a personal preference)
Add to this pot:
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
Allow the syrup to cool before draining it and storing in the fridge. This syrup hasn't lasted more than 1 week, because we keep using it up so quickly! Every recipe seems to say something different. Some say 2 weeks, some say they've successfully kept ginger syrup for 6 weeks in the fridge.
I have been using about 3 to 4 tbsp of syrup and topping the glass up with club soda. (I also squeeze some lime into the bottom of the glass first.
Other tasty add ins we've used this week:
You can test things out and use the amount of syrup you feel tastes the best. In general I have been using 4 tbsp to 1 cup of chilled club soda (1/4 cup syrup to 1 cup soda). I have made syrup twice in the past week now and have been making different concoctions ever since!
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I really love the hint of warmth left after drinking this. I find I prefer this to the prebottled brand names becaues I can really taste the ginger. Mix it with all those add ins and the flavour possibilities are endless! Now I just have to play with adding the liquor and my summer is all set!
Here is a few sites I looked at while deciding in what to do with the ginger.
Joy the Baker
Until next time, stay warm and eat well!