How-to Make Cheap Healthy Homemade Ginger Ale
by David Grebow
Here's an excerpt from How-to Make Cheap Healthy Homemade Ginger Ale to give you a taste of the recipe:
"At this point you are ready to complete the process and think about what you want to call your soda. Our first bottle was labeled “Montana’s Finest Ginger Ale”. Since then it’s been called so many things that everyone felt included. And that means “Canada Wet Ginger Ale” as well."
You get the idea. In 14 simple steps you have started your own soda fountain. And there's no reason to stop with ginger ale. Here's some of the sodas that you can make and that used to be part of the soda fountain:
Black Cherry Soda
Blue Raspberry Soda
Fruit Punch Soda
Green Apple Soda
Red Raspberry Soda
It’s interesting to note that Root Beer was first made during prohibition when there was no other beer in sight.
You can also look up the ingredients for some of the more interesting flavors like Root Beer, Fruit Punch, Cream and our favorite Cola.
You can still find cola syrup in the pharmacy and it does taste somewhat like the-cola-that-will-not-be-named. Play with it until you get as close to the secret recipe as you can.
Unless of course you have a copy of the recipe and can make the real thing.
And there's even some history about ginger ale you can learn as you wait for your first bottle to ferment.
Ginger ale has been around for a long time. And it did not start with Canada Dry even though that is what most of us think about when someone asks for a ginger ale.
It really began around 1851 when the first ginger ales were created in Ireland. It was known as Ginger Beer since the process for making it was the same. The drink was slightly alcoholic and was dark, sweet ale.
John McLaughlin invented the modern version of ginger ale in 1907. John McLaughlin was Canadian who studied Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1897. He started the soda pop business by opening a carbonated water plant in Toronto in 1890 in Toronto.
The pharmacy in those days sold all kinds of medicines and cures, and often had a soda fountain. He sold his carbonated water product to local pharmacies that used it to mix with fruit juices to create sodas for their soda fountains.
John McLaughlin began making his own soda drink recipes and created McLaughlin Belfast Style Ginger Ale in 1891. McLaughlin also developed a method of mass bottling his ginger ale leading to successful sales in Canada and the United States. It was called McLaughlin Belfast Style Ginger Ale.
By 1907, he had refined his recipe by lightening the dark color and improving the sharp almost bitter taste of his first Ginger Ale. The result was Canada Dry Pale Dry Ginger Ale which John McLaughlin patented.
Those early ginger beers (or ales) were much healthier and tastier than the current version. They are also simple to make and a great project to do with kids. Have fun and enjoy your own version of ginger ale.
Remember, all of your efforts are for several good reasons:
You will save money
You and your kids will have fun
The soda they drink will be healthier
Their friends will be impressed
Their friend’s moms will be begging for the recipe.
- David Grebow, October 2011
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