Cordial in general is very versatile and can be used as a sweet syrup added to almost any alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage. Ginger cordial has the added benefits of having ginger in it, which has known positive health effects.
Read on to learn more about the uses for ginger cordial, the benefits of ginger itself, and how to make your own cordial or ginger tea from scratch.
Uses for Ginger Cordial
If you want to spice up (pun intended) your daily intake of beverages, ginger cordial is a great and simple way to do so.
You can put some in your tea, your hot water, or your lemonade for a little more flavor. You can also use it to create your own ginger ale by mixing it with sparkling water.
For a more adult way to enjoy ginger cordial, you can add vodka to create a Moscow Mule cocktail, or add whiskey for a Whiskey Mac.
The benefits of ginger don’t stop there—see below for details.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has very few calories and almost no nutritional value, but it is a great source of antioxidants. Ginger has long been known to help ease nausea and aid digestion.
But are there other benefits?
If you suffer from painful gas bubbles, ginger could help our body break up and release the gas, which helps relieve discomfort.
It may even help encourage movement through your intestines, which could help or prevent constipation.
There isn’t a lot of research to support it, but there are many anecdotal claims that ginger could also help you recover from illness, and there may be a link between fresh ginger and positive effects on the respiratory system.
As mentioned earlier, ginger may also help reduce inflammation due to its biologically active compounds.
There is also evidence to suggest that ginger could help cause antiplatelet activity in your arteries, which is beneficial to cardiovascular health.
Additionally, ginger’s antioxidant properties can reduce certain types of oxidative stress, which occurs in your body when there are too many toxic substances building up.
These substances can cause cell damage and can ultimately lead to cancer, so the antioxidants found in ginger and other foods help combat this risk by ridding your body of these toxins.
If you are at high risk for cancer, ginger may also help keep your cells healthier longer and prevent cancer from developing.
How do you make ginger tea?
To take advantage of these ginger health benefits, you might be considering increasing your ginger intake. A popular way of consuming ginger is through ginger tea, which you can easily make from scratch.
Here is a simple overview of how to make your own ginger tea.
Variations include grated ginger tea, lemon or lime ginger tea, stovetop ginger tea, ginger green tea, turmeric ginger tea, and more.
There are lots of homemade ginger tea recipes out there with lots of variations, so you’re sure to find the right one for you.
You can steep the ginger in a teapot to make a larger batch, or directly in your mug if you just want an individual serving. If steeping in a teapot, use more ginger root as needed.
How do you make ginger cordial?
Cordial is made from boiling your primary ingredient down and letting it simmer to create a liquid that will be the base of the syrup. It can be a long process or a relatively short one, depending on the recipe you use.
Here are the basics of making a ginger cordial from scratch—you can find lots and lots of recipes online with the time commitment and ingredients that work for you.
In most recipes, you will need to cook the ginger root with the water, sugar, and the rind of the lemon in a large pan over low heat for a few minutes, usually three to five, or until the sugar has dissolved.
Then, the mixture is typically boiled until it reduces to a syrup. This syrup is strained into the sterilized bottle you want to contain your cordial.
Homemade cordial can last up to several weeks when refrigerated. Most recipes can be made in under an hour, making it easy to have homemade cordial whenever you want.
Is cordial carbonated?
Cordial itself is not carbonated. The word “cordial” refers to the concentrated, sugary syrup that is diluted in mixed drinks and cocktails.
Plain carbonated water would work just fine, but ginger goes well with many fruit flavors. Try adding some ginger cordial to a lemon-lime seltzer or a pear-flavored drink.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not experiment with different fruit and berry flavors until you find your new favorite, inventive combination?
Ginger itself has many potential health benefits, including reducing nausea, helping digestion and bowel movements, and more. For a sweet way to consume this antioxidant-rich spice, you may want to try ginger cordial.
This versatile syrup can be used to give non-alcoholic drinks a kick of heat, or it can be mixed with liquor to create some classic ginger cocktails.
It’s easy to make your own ginger cordial at home, and if you’re looking for a low-sugar ginger beverage, you can also make your own ginger tea in just minutes.