I've recently tried Reed's Ginger Beer, and fell madly in love. However, it has a high sugar content, so I went searching for sugar free alternatives. I found this recipe for homemade ginger ale that is sugar free, and thought it would be a good recipe to start with since it didn't require the use of yeast and sugar.
This is adapted from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
1 cup sliced ginger root
4 cups water
Sparkling mineral water
stevia (to taste)
lime wedges (I only had lemons)
Put the sliced ginger root (I didn't peel mine) into a 4 quart saucepan with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 1 to 1 and a half hours. The longer it steeps, the spicier it gets. Strain into a 1 quart mason jar, discarding ginger. Cover and chill.
To serve, combine 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts sparkling water and serve over ice. Sweeten to taste with stevia (or sweetener of choice) and a squeeze of lime (or lemon!)
Verdict? I love the spiciness of the ginger. I let mine steep for at least 1 1/2 hours, and probably closer to 2. I also added half ginger and half water for serving. It's going to depend on how much you like the ginger flavor. My only complaint is the only carbonated water I could find was club soda, and my ginger ale ended up tasting a little flat. I'm going to experiment with different waters, and see if that makes a difference. Now that I've made this, I really want to tackle making ginger ale with yeast - where it produces it's own carbonation! Have you ever made your own soda or beer? I'm feeling a project coming on!!