If you love ginger (like I love ginger) then making your own home made ginger ale is something not to be missed. Up until now I had not even thought about making my own ginger ale and unfortunately don’t turn to it unless I have an upset tummy or flu! Not that I don’t like it, that’s the problem, I really like it. But soda pop is not on my menu. So for those times like now when you want to make it yourself and feel better about what goes into your body this is the perfect antidote. AND it does not disappoint! It is so Delicious! What a super refreshingly tasty thirst quenching brew. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort either.
Here’s all you do:
Homemade Ginger Syrup for Ginger Ale
makes 2 cups ginger syrup
2 cups coarsely chopped ginger (I grated mine)
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
Place chopped ginger in a food processor (or blender in a pinch) and pulverize until well chopped.
Place ginger, sugar, and water in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, until the liquid has reduced down by more than half. You’re going from 6 cups of liquid to 2 cups. The boiling syrup will become glossy and silky as it cooks down and nears completion.
Remove syrup from the flame and strain twice through a cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl. Let syrup cool slightly before pouring into a bottle to store. Cool completely before incorporating into drinks.
1 cup club soda
3 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
Lime wedge (I squeezed about 1 tablespoon-loved the kick!!)
Dash of bitters (optional- don’t have so maybe that is why the lime juice was Perfect)
Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice. Stir with spoon to incorporate. Enjoy immediately.
Serve after a sunny hot day at the beach, toiling in your garden or working out and you will sleep like a baby that night! At least, that was my experience!