Homemade Fresh Ginger Ale
If you love ginger ale, try making your own at home. Not only is it more economical than store-bought ginger ale, the flavor can be superior.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 4cups water
- 2cups ginger (fresh, peeled, and chopped)
- 3strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each; yellow part only)
- 1 ½cups sugar (white)
- 3quarts club soda (chilled)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2In a 4-quart saucepan, place water, ginger, and lemon peel. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
Step 3Add sugar, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to 3 cups (about 15 minutes).
Step 4Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in ginger syrup to separate solids from liquids. Discard lemon peel. The strained, cooked ginger pieces can be reserved for other uses like vanilla ice cream or yogurt, if desired.
Step 5Allow ginger simple syrup to cool before pouring into a glass container. Seal tightly and chill for at least 1 hour until cold. You can also store it for up to one week in the fridge.
Step 6When ready to serve, mix 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup with 1 cup cold club soda per serving and pour over ice. Additional ginger syrup or sugar may be added to sweeten it to taste.