Peel the ginger root and pound the root to a pulp.
Place in a glass mixing bowl or stainless steel container
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil
Pour the water over the ginger root and let sit covered in a warm place for one hour
Using a cheese cloth and pour the mixture into a large bowl.
Squeeze the cheese cloth to extract all the liquid from the ginger root.
Add in the citrus juice you are using, the sugar and spices.
Mix well and let sit for one more hour.
Strain the mixture once more add in enough water to make 1 gallon
Refrigerate until chilled and serve cold over ice.