Gather your ingredients and let's make some ginger ale!
Peel and grate the fresh ginger.
In a 2 quart or larger pot, Stir together the ginger, water, lime juice, sugar and vanilla.
Bring the mixture to a boil then allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Strain the mixture in a fine mesh strainer or through cheese cloth into a pitcher.
Press all of the good liquid through the strainer. If using raw honey in place of sugar (for a great cold/cough remedy), then stir that into the liquid while it is hot so the honey can dissolve.
Chill the mixture. Serve over ice if desired or as a warm beverage. Carbonate or add a splash of seltzer water or club soda for a sweet, refreshing drink.
Makes approximately 2 quarts.