Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ginger-Aid


I'm going to give you a recipe for Ginger Lemonade today so you'll be prepared in case you all get the stomach bug we've had at our house for the past few days.  It is so much better for you than the corn syrupy ginger ale you get at the grocery store and you will love it, too, even if you aren't sick.  Here is my version of contest-winning and delicious Sparkling Ginger Lemonade from TasteofHome.com.  Just think of it as Ginger-Aid for your sick tummy.

2 cups water
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
2 cups club soda or sparkling water, chilled
1 cup lemon juice

In a small saucepan, bring the water, honey and ginger to a boil. (If the ginger is juicy, squeezing out that juice before you boil the minced ginger may retain more of the nausea relieving compounds.) Remove from the heat; cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, discarding ginger. Cool.

Transfer to a pitcher; stir in soda and lemon juice. Serve immediately over ice.

5 servings.

You can add a tiny bit of sea salt to this to balance your electrolytes and feel less weak if you need to.  Adjust the ginger to your liking.  It can be quite spicy hot, but sometimes really hot is good, so you decide.  To make someone (you?) really happy, pour a cup into the blender with crushed ice and make frozen lemonade.


Some ginger tidbits:  You can buy gingerroot at your grocery store, take it home and grow it as a houseplant, as above.  Now, I'm not talking about a huge crop, or even any crop.  But it does make an interesting bit of greenery and I've heard it sometimes blooms.  Try to find very fresh gingerroot with several whitish knobs poking out of the brown skin - these are growing tips.  Cut a piece including two of three of those and put it into a pot of sandy soil.  Keep it watered and give it a bright spot.  That's it!

Gingerroot, from which ground ginger comes, is Zingiber officinale.  There are many cultivated gingers, but most are ornamental.  Another ginger I posted about recently is here.

Botanical illustration and ginger houseplant photo from Wikimedia Commons
Zingiber officinale at Floridata

2 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great recipe-sick or not! I'll have to give that one a try.

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  2. Love this recipe, and I need to grow another piece of ginger--such a lovely plant.

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