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Ginger Ale with Real Ginger for Taste and Health

The Real Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale can be such a refreshing—and healthy—beverage, especially if you make your own. It tastes much better, more real than most on the market today, plus homemade ginger ale would provide some of the health benefits of ginger.


If you look at a bottle of the typical store-bought ginger ale you will see that ginger is not listed. Investigation reveals the ginger in Canada Dry Ginger Ale is lumped under ‘Natural Flavorings”.

If Canada Dry did have enough ginger to actually benefit from the therapeutic health benefits of ginger, it would be rendered unhealthy due to all the sugars and other detrimental ingredients. Worse, it often has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it, which is proven to cause disease and obesity. In addition to that, a 12 oz can of ginger ale contains 9 teaspoons of sugar!! That’s three tablespoons in just 12 ounces.1)

A 12 oz can of ginger ale contains 8-9 teaspoons of sugar!

This Canada Dry Ginger Ale contains high fructose corn syrup and 8 teaspoons of sugar in a 12 oz serving:

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Canada Dry Ginger Ale ingredients, at 32 grams of sugar (and HFCS) per 12 oz serving.

And, this organic version: Blue Sky Organic Ginger Ale contains organic cane sugar, and no ginger listed, though again, it is likely there is ginger juice there under “natural flavors”. But this ginger ale contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar (almost 10 teaspoons!!) at 39 grams per 12 oz serving.

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Blue Sky Organic Ginger Ale, contains almost 10 teaspoons of sugar at 39 grams per 12 oz serving.

No one needs that blow to their health. All the more reason to make your own.

When you make your own ginger ale, keep in mind that it can take some time for our taste buds to become more sensitive to fresher, subtler flavors after being bombarded with loads of sugar, salt and flavor additives in everything. So test and tweak the recipe until it suits you just right. Then, sit back and enjoy this treat, knowing it’s tasty and healthy too!

Homemade Ginger Ale

Adapted from recipe by Carly Fraser on




  • 2 cups filtered water, or naturally sparkling mineral water.
  • 1 tsp. organic dark maple syrup (the darker, the more mineral dense)
  • 3 inches ginger root
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 leaves holy basil (or regular basil – holy basil has more benefits)
  • Optional: pinch cayenne


1. Juice your ginger root with a juicer, or, grate it finely in a mini food processor or zester. (Recommended over getting a juicer all dirty for just a little bit of ginger juice).

2. Combine ginger juice (or grated ginger)*, maple syrup, lemon, cayenne pepper and holy basil in a large mason jar. Shake well. Add about half a cup of the sparkling water and shake up gently. Add the remaining carbonated water right before serving, and shake gently by rolling the bottle or gently turning it upside down and over a few times.

3. You can sip on this throughout the day, or let it sit overnight to allow the flavors to mend, and enjoy the day after.

Editor’s Note 1: If grating your ginger, we recommend letting it steep in the liquid concoction for around 30 minutes before consuming. If you like it strong, leave the ginger in the liquid and strain it as you serve it. If you like it less strong, then strain it after 15-30 minutes for drinking. Consider if you can add the discarded ginger and lemon and basil pulp to a vegetable stir fry.

*Editor’s Note 2: we make our own carbonated water using a Soda Stream and our filtered well water, which is less expensive than buying sparkling mineral water over time. Or for a non-fizzy drink, just use water.

Recipe Source LiveLoveFruit.com4) – Photo via Flickr Vanessa5)

And here’s why you’ll want to find more ways to enjoy ginger.

Ginger Health Benefits

  • Ginger Benefits
  • Anti blood clotting
  • Indigestion and nausea
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Boosts immunity
  • Detoxifies
  • Antibacterial

For more on the health benefits of ginger, you may enjoy this article by Dr. Axe.

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