I love ginger ale. I decided to try making it. I make everything else I love, so why not this? Here’s what I did:
I purchased a one liter bottle of water. I needed the bottle. I used the water in it for the ginger ale.
One liter water
1/2 honey (a little less than 1/2 cup, but more than 1/4) If you like it sweet, use more.
1/8 tsp active yeast (bakers yeast)
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger.
1 lemon (you want the juice)
The worst part of this is grating the ginger. I have a fear of grating my fingers nails, fingers, knuckles, you name it. When the grater comes out I get nervous…. I bit the bullet and did it.
Here are the steps:
Pour the water from the bottle into a measuring cup. You will use this water.
Add the honey to the bottle.
Add some water to the bottle (just enough to thin the honey a little – maybe 1/2 cup)
Add the yeast to the bottle.
Swish the bottle to mix the yeast with the thinned honey.
Add the lemon to the grated ginger.
Add the ginger/lemon mixture to the bottle.
Pour some of the water into the containers that held the ginger/lemon mixture and swish it around to clean the container. Pour that water into the bottle.
Cap and shake the bottle.
Reopen the bottle and add water to within one inch of the cap. You want to leave head space.
Invert the bottle several times to make sure the honey isn’t settling on the bottom of the bottle.
Place the bottle in a warm location for 24 to 48 hours.
You will know when the carbonation is complete when you squeeze the outside of the bottle and it is difficult to dent the bottle. You know like when you buy a carbonated drink in a plastic bottle.
Refrigerate for overnight to thoroughly chill.
Open the bottle slowly to release the pressure.
When you pour it, use a fine strainer to catch the grated ginger. It will not dissolve.