Ginger Ale & Extracts

Fermented Ginger Ale + Extracts

Ginger Ale

Most store-bought ginger ales are made by mixing ginger extract (and other flavorings), carbonated water, and high-fructose corn syrup. However, you can make a healthier, probiotic-rich version at home: fermented ginger ale! There are two main types of ginger ale: the golden style and the dry version.

History of Ginger Ale

Nobody knows exactly when ginger ale was invented. It probably started out as a homemade concoction in England/Ireland in the 1840s. However, the biggest effect on the development of ginger ale was Prohibition. Prohibition was a constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. from 1920 – 1933.

Bootlegged liquor or moonshine was pretty potent. It needed a strong soft drink to mask the flavor.  Dry ginger ale exploded in popularity in the 1920s. It was popular at speakeasies, parties, and with flappers. Dry ginger ale is what’s sold today in American grocery stores.

Homemade Ginger Ale

Authentic ginger ale/ginger beer uses a “ginger bug” or “ginger starter,” which is ginger that’s fermented in sugar/water so its natural enzymes/probiotics are released, then brewed. You wind up with a probiotic-rich effervescent drink. BUT, this method takes between 4 – 6 weeks.

Grounded Goodwife’s Golden Ginger Ale recipe is also full of probiotics, but takes only 3 days to make!

Unlike supermarket versions, our fermented ginger ale recipe contains actual ginger. Ginger root is warming and decongesting. In fact, it’s an effective (and tasty!) remedy for:

  • menstrual cramps
  • PMS
  • nausea
  • motion sickness/seasickness
  • poor circulation
  • respiratory congestion
  • fungal issues
  • colds, and flu

Full of antioxidants, ginger cleanses the body of toxic chemicals. When fermented, ginger releases enzymes and probiotics, which help maintain healthy gut bacteria.

DIY Vanilla & Almond Extract

When you hear “vanilla extract” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Desserts, right?

Try adding vanilla extract to your diet on a daily basis for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and diaphoretic health benefits! Conversely, most imitation extracts contain fake dyes and fragrances, corn syrup, and lignin.

Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family. Vanilla is in high demand, and it’s fairly costly to produce. Consequently, synthetics are often used instead of natural vanilla. In fact, 98% of vanilla used as a flavor and fragrance is synthetic. Many corporations substitute imitation vanilla and then call it “natural flavors” on the label. 

Obviously, our DIY Vanilla Extract recipe is the real deal! We’ll also share a legend, along with some historical figures who were vanilla lovers –  including Queen Elizabeth I and John Pemberton (the inventor of Coca-Cola).

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