How to Make REAL Ginger ale

Did you know that the very first original sodas were carbonated herbal drinks?

“The original Ginger ale was blended to help people with indigestion and stomach upset.”

Did you know that healthy herbal sodas were an American tradition? Well not all of them were healthy, but many of them were!

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the United States, drug stores and soda fountains were located in the same building. The soda fountain counter was a common meeting place in American towns and cities.


Pharmacists mixed carbonated water and sugar into medicines to make the medicinal treatment more palatable. They concocted custom sodas depending on what ailment the customer was complaining of.

The original Coca Cola recipe was a mixture of cocaine and caffeine mixed with soda water and sugar as a treatment for headaches.

The original root beer had sassafras and sarsaparilla, herbal medicines known to help with many ailments including indigestion, arthritis and acne.

Old Fashioned Pharmacy Sign

Soda has definitely changed. The root beer of 1920 is very different from the root beer today. Now we don’t deal with cocaine and known drugs in our sodas, but the medicinal ingredients are long gone, replaced by sugar and colorants.

In fact, Harvard School of Public Health says excess soda consumption is playing a big role in the obesity epidemic. Their research shows that people who consume sugary drinks regularly -1 to 2 cans a day or more, have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can read about it here:

A good refreshing bubbly drink is so satisfying. Let’s ditch the junky sodas and make our own!

What do you say we make some healthy soda? It isn’t that hard!

We are going to make some REAL ginger ale. Not the relic of what you find in the store that’s just mostly sugar. Watch the video here

The original Ginger ale was blended to help people with indigestion and stomach upset. You could go to the soda fountain and say, “Hey, I’ve got a stomach ache.” The pharmacist would say, “Okay, I’ll make you up a ginger ale to help you with that!”

Just look at the white board in this video! All the things that ginger helps with!!

Okay, so let’s resurrect our ginger ale. In this video I demonstrate two different ways of making home-made ginger ale. Serve it at the next dinner party or just the next dinner you have with somebody. They’re going to be like, “Wow! That’s the best drink I’ve had all year long!” I’m telling you, people love this!

Save money and save your health. You are what you drink! Making delicious healthy drinks at home is the antidote to all the junky drinks out there.

Enjoy your ginger ale!

Ginger ale #1
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  1. Fist size piece of fresh ginger juiced into 1 cup fresh ginger juice
  2. 1 cup honey
  3. 4 drops liquid stevia
  4. Carbonated water to taste
  5. garnish with lemon, lime or peppermint
  1. Put fresh ginger juice, honey and stevia into jar and shake until mixed together well
  2. Pour a glass of carbonated water and begin by adding a healthy splash of the ginger honey mixture. Then continue to add more to taste. Fresh ginger juice is strong and a little goes a long way!
  3. This mixture of fresh ginger juice and honey is good for 5 to 7 days if stored in the fridge
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Ginger ale #2
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  1. 4 cups water
  2. 4 tablespoons fresh, grated ginger
  3. ½ cup honey
  4. Carbonated water to taste
  1. First make a ginger infusion
  2. Place ginger and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well
  3. Bring water and herbs just barely to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire
  4. Let ginger steep for 1-2 hours
  5. Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the ginger infusion
  6. Add honey to ginger infusion
  7. Add carbonated water to preference
  8. The shelf life of ginger honey mixture is 3 days kept in the fridge.
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Hello I’m Kami, Welcome to Living Awareness!

I believe every family needs to have someone on board with a working knowledge of natural remedies if you want to take care of your family’s health for real.

When I was growing up, natural remedies was not a mainstream concept like it is now, in fact, you are going to be surprised that I never even heard the word natural remedy until I moved out of the house!

In my early 20’s I met someone by chance that told me about holistic health and herbal medicine. I wondered why nobody had talked to me about it before and had a voracious appetite to learn everything I could.

Now, 30 years later I've helped thousands of people demystify the world of herbal medicine and become empowered in using herbal self-care in their home to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and protect their health naturally.

For 20 years I've had a clinical herbal practice connecting people with plants and their wellness. I've developed and taught herbal curriculum for UCSF School of Nursing and the Integral Health Master’s Degree Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Stick with me! You’ll learn awesome herbal self-care, get inspired to be more self-sufficient in your health care and nourish a deep love for the herbs and how to use them, knowing you are doing the very best you can to care for your wellness.

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This is very different than the other ginger ale recipe I tried but it looks simpler since it calls for carbonated water rather than carbonating the ginger mixture itself. Thanks! Pinned!

Cathy Lawdanski

I had no idea you could make your own ginger ale. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon

CJ Huang

These sound so refreshing! I don’t think I’ve made ginger ale like this before, but I have fermented some before, and it was the best we ever had! Maybe I’ll have to give these a try too. 🙂


I will be making this mmmm good


Thanks for this Kami! I love ginger in all forms and so appreciate your showing us how to make a healthy version of ginger ale. Perfect!

It also brought up all these memories of my grandfather’s store. He was a distributor for pharmacies way back in the day. We used to go out on delivery with him to pharmacies, many of them had the old soda fountains. I’ll look to see if we have any pictures around.


Oh my gosh Kami! I should have taken your advice and started with the water. I threw it together after watching the video and oh, the burn! Took a big ol’ slug too. After that I read the written instructions. I then doubled the sparkling water and it still wasn’t enough. I should feel pretty good for a while though. Next time I will do it the other way around.

Rena Erickson

This sounds like something I can use, except I am allergic to honey!!! Is there something I can use istead of the honey??

Rena Erickson

This sounds like one I would be using a lot except I am allergic to Honey. Is there a good substitute for honey?

Mel Hamilton Porter

FYI San Pelligrino mineral water is distributed ny Nestle. Nestle has a ad reputation with regards to water use, and has made decisions for the sake of profit with little concern for social and environmental concerns. Boycotting all their products is a vote to protect water resources until they change their ways. Please avoid promoting their products in future videos.

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