Monday, September 14, 2009

Ginger soda?

What brands of Ginger Ale actually have real ginger in it? We've scoured the shelves at the grocer and all we could come up with was Hansen's Ginger Ale and something in the health food section called Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic) with like 20-something grams of real ginger in it. We got both. Let you know what we think. What else is out there?!


Michelle M. said...

Going to a health food store is the right thing to do. But I think that Vernors also has real ginger in it, and Schwepps claims to (but I don't know how much it contains).

I found this recipe online:

Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe


Ginger water
1 cup peeled, finely chopped ginger
2 cups water

Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Club soda
Lime juice
Lime wedges

1 Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add ginger. Reduce heat to medium low and let ginger sit in the simmering water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Discard ginger pieces.

2 In a separate saucepan, make the Simple Syrup by dissolving 1 cup granulated sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside.

3 Make individual (tall) glasses of ginger ale by mixing 1/2 cup of ginger water with 1/3 cup of Simple Syrup and 1/2 cup of club soda. Add a few drops of fresh lime juice and a lime wedge to each glass.

Makes four servings.

MelissaD said...

This is what we got: Reeds Extra Ginger Brew (non-alcoholic). It tastes JUST like a soda pop version of my herbal cold care tea (see Feb 24, 2009 entry)!!!

Emily L said...

I love Reed's! I have only gotten the Original Brew, not the Extra, but that's what i was going to suggest.
I have acid reflux and sometimes the only thing i want for days is Reed's.

Michelle M. said...

Great! So you won't be using meds?

Anonymous said...

If you have a World Market store nearby they have lots of ginger beer brands, and all ginger beer has real ginger in it (some with bits and pieces). I've found varying degrees of gingery-ness between brands. The brand carried by Trader Joe's is very much like great tasting pop, and others have so much ginger that I can't stand them.

Altoids also makes a ginger version of their mint - but they were a little too strong for me, even if I was trying to combat morning sickness!

Paige said...

You could try Ginger People's Ginger chews.

Some people think they taste a bit strong, but I found them to be easier (and more cost effective) than drinking the ginger beer.

~ Paige

Whole Foods / World Market / Trader Joes and all carry them.

Anonymous said...

I recognized my favorite brand from Trader Joe's once you posted a picture! I think it's funny that it contains so much pineapple juice but you can't taste any of it.

Yes, it is expensive, but SO good. And, if you're already splurging, try it with a wedge of lime.

For me, the worst is having to prepare food for others. I can barely cut up avocado for my 13 month old without dry heaving. And the nursing! I wanted to nurse a few more months but everything is suddenly drying up!

MelissaD said...

Anonymous! AMEN! It's preparing food for others that is SOOOOO hard. The constant cooking smell... Ugh.

So sorry to hear that your milk supply is drying up as well. :-( Our little Edmund is coming up on 15 months and we too just wanted to go a little bit more. It's getting easier as the days go by, especially now that my breasts aren't so tender.

Congrats on your pregnancy! How far along are you? What number does this make for you?

Anonymous said...

6 weeks for me - baby number #2.

And it's so hard to find any sympathy about my milk when so many still look at me like I'm crazy when they find out I'm still nursing. Isn't is sad when people seem to think that the 1-year mark is the absolute limit - and not the suggested minimum? A friend actually told me (before she knew I was still nursing) that she thought anything past a year was "disgusting"! Hopefully your friends and family are more understanding!

BTW - We went to IWU together (Shatford) but I didn't really know you. I'm always surfing the IWU blogs and that's how I ended up here.

- Whitney

Michael Prasuhn said...

If you're near one, Trader Joe's has a soft, chewable ginger candy that helped Sarah out quite a bit. I believe they are simply called Ginger Chews or something like that.

MelissaD said...

Hey Michael! Long time no see!!! How are you?!!

Oh, how I wish we lived near a Trader Joes... and an IKEA. But alas...

Maybe I could con one of my friends who live near a TJ's to help me out. Sonya? Reagan? ;-)

ReaganF said...

Our nearest TJ's is now 4 hours away, unfortunately, although Jim is going up there for a business trip next week! I will ask him to take a look and see if he can find them!

MelissaD said...

Yea, Reagan! I'd greatly appreciate it if he gets the chance!