This is such a convenient drink recipe. You can make the boiled part of the Apple and Ginger Cooler ahead of time, let cool, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
I do not always use Apple Juice, freshly juiced using my Juicer. If I do not have Apples on hand, which happens very often, I use 100% , no additives or sugar added, Apple Juice. Fortunately we have two or three brands which are fantastic to use.
If you like your drink a little sweeter, add some more Honey, especially if you use fresh Apples which are not that sweet.
There is no substitute for the Ginger, only freshly sliced Ginger will do in this recipe. The Apple and Ginger Cooler also helps me not getting any heartburn (due to the added Ginger), as many other fruit juices, whether freshly juiced or store-bought, might do.
Instead of using plain ice-cubes, you might want to freeze some Apple Juice, so as not to water down the drink too much. I am a last minute kind of person, and usually forgets this part.
The best mixing ratio which my family likes, is 50/50 – pour the serving jug halfway full of boiled mixture, some Apple slices, ice and top up with Soda Water (the Soda Water can be substituted with non-carbonated Water, bottled or tap – as long as it is ice-cold when added)
Apple and Ginger Cooler
Recipe Yields: 2 1/2 liters
1/2 cup Fresh Ginger, peeled and finely sliced
4 cups Apple Juice
4 cups Water
1/4 cup Honey
4 cups Soda Water
2 Red Apples, cored and sliced thinly
1.) In a large saucepan, bring to the boil the Ginger, Apple Juice, Water and Honey – turn down the heat and let simmer 5 – 10 minutes – remove from heat and let cool.
2.) Once cooled, strain the mixture through a sieve into large serving jugs – filling each jug halfway.
3.) Fill the jugs almost to the top with Soda Water – add Apple slices and Ice cubes.