I saw a bottle of Canada Dry Ginger Ale in the store, with a big “made with real ginger!” front-of-package claim. The ingredient list, though, did not have ginger listed! Just high-fructose corn syrup and “natural flavours.” WTF, Canada Dry?

canada dry sign
(photo from coreyu)

No matter, because my ginger beer is almost ready! It’s easy to make–just start with some ginger bug, which is grated ginger and sugar in a jar on the counter, fed every other day until it gets all ferment-y. Then make some tea/syrup, boiling ginger with sugar (exact measurements available upon request), then pour that into an empty pop bottle with strained gingerbug. Put a lid on and let sit somewhere warmish for 2 weeks. Then refrigerate and enjoy!

2 Responses to “real”

  1. 1 Kirsten

    Really? It’s called gingerbug? That’s just amazingly adorable. And I’ve thought all sorts of good things about fermenting and ginger beer, but this is first time adorable has come to mind.

    I’d really like more exact instructions on the making of this gingerbug and ginger syrup resulting in ginger beer. I attempted ginger beer once and it exploded all over my kitchen, so I haven’t tried again.

    Happy tasting!

  2. 2 Dory

    The other times I’ve made it, it’s exploded all over my kitchen too. I will just be careful and open it over the sink, I think!

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