I have a slight obsession with Izzy's peach soda. Perhaps some of you share this obsession with me. It tastes, quite simply, like peaches — juicy midsummer peaches, but fizzy and sparkling! Staring at a mound of actual midsummer peaches at the farmers market this past week, I thought, "Doggonit! I'm going to make my own!" And that is exactly what I did.
Make your own cancer-killing, inflammation-busting Ginger Ale (prepared in minutes!): Fizzy Ginger Ale (aka Ginger Beer) Ingredients 2 inch piece fresh ginger root, minced. (use less if you don’t fancy a strong ginger taste) ½ cup raw organic sugar (to feed the friendly bacteria ) ½ cup fresh lemon or lime juice ½ teaspoon salt (click here to learn more about which salt is best) 8 cups filtered water ½ cup homemade ginger bug (click here for the recipe) or ¼ cup whey
How Do You Make a Ginger Bug? A natural lacto-fermented ‘soda’ starter, made by an anaeorobic process (meaning without oxygen) by which friendly bacteria and yeast break down sugar to form lactic acid. All you need is ginger root, unrefined sugar, and non-chlorinated water (chlorine kills bacteria). Similar to a sourdough starter, the ginger bug traps wild yeast and beneficial microorganisms, which in turn break down the sugar to produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide.