Spicy Ginger Lemonade!
This past week, I was craving some Ginger Lemonade, so what did I do?
Made some FROM-SCRATCH! Too easy! ;)
What I love about homemade 'Gingerade' is how fresh and pure it is! No refined sugar. No high-fructose corn syrup. No headache aftermath. Yes, please!
Spicy Ginger Lemonade
Yield: 2 L
Prep Time: 1 hour (plus chill time in the refrigerator)
1 fair-sized piece of ginger root (I like it SPICY!)
2 tbsp. raw, unpasteurized honey (adjust, according to preferred taste)
Scrub a fair-sized chunk of ginger and slice diagonally, into slices approximately 1 cm wide (or less).
Combine the sliced ginger with 2 L of filtered water in a pot, and place on your stovetop. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to a low-medium simmer. Let simmer for up to 45 minutes (I enjoy leaving mine to simmer for 45 minutes).
For the last bit of the simmering process (approximately 10-15 minutes), I scrubbed a lemon, sliced it, and added it to the mix!
Once the simmering is complete, strain the solid material from the fluid and pour the 'Gingerade' into a heat-resistant container to cool (I used a glass jug - see below).
Once in the jug/container, I added in 2 heaping tbsp. of raw, unpasteurized honey for subtle sweetness. Adjust, according to preferred taste, but we're aiming to keep it 'low-sugar', too! ;)
Allow the latent heat to dissipate, as the jug sits on your countertop for awhile.
Once it has mostly cooled, place the jug in the refrigerator to chill! Transfer to an airtight jug (if desired), once chilled.
Pour into your favourite glass and add a few ice cubes! I like to add a splash of kombucha too, for some 'fizz', additional flavour, and some good gut bugs, too!