February’s Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthier beverage. So, I tried to think about some of the most unhealthy beverages I know and soda jumped to mind first. With loads of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, chemicals and artificial colors, soda is not a healthy option. However, it can be healthier and much, much tastier, if you make your own.
The possibilities are endless too -all you need is some club soda or sparkling mineral water (or a SodaStream) and some flavor. I’ve discovered that it is super easy to make a quick flavored syrup with a quality sweetener like honey or agave nectar and fruit, and/or herbs -think “strawberry-basil” and “wild blueberry-mint”.
What I landed on is something that I had actually experimented with a few weeks ago when I was sick. I love a good cold ginger ale when I’m under the weather but because of the aforementioned ingredients in traditional ginger ale, I decided to make my own. It is surprisingly similar to the real thing, especially if you stick to just ginger and raw, unbleached cane sugar mixed with club soda. For a twist, I used honey (I recommend a mild honey like orange blossom) and some lime. If you really love ginger, add a few more slices then my recipe calls for.
This was SO easy and really delicious. I can’t wait to try more combinations! Make sure to check out what the rest of the Reduxers created for this month’s healthy beverage challenge!