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Homemade Gingerale

June 17, 2013
3 Ratings
  • Makes approx. 1 quart
Author Notes

My number 2 college son started making his own ginger ale syrup years ago. It's fabulous and so refreshing during the summer months. It's easy to make. I think you'll love it. You will need a boat load of fresh ginger, sugar, water, limes and a bit of mint which is optional, but you really shouldn't omit it. —Janet @ simplysogood.com

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • fresh lime slices
  • fresh mint leaves, optional
  1. To make the Ginger syrup: In a medium size sauce pan, heat the water and ginger until it reaches a low simmer. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and cover. Let stand for 1 hour.
  2. After one hour, drain the juices through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the ginger pieces. Let cool then place in a jar and refrigerate.
  3. To make the Ginger Ale: In a tall glass, add 1 part lime juice (about 1/2 lime per glass), 2 parts ginger syrup, and 3 parts sparkling water. Stir to combine the liquids. Fill glass with ice. If desired, add fresh mint.
  4. Adjust to your liking. I always end up adding more lime juice.

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1 Review

Barbara N. July 30, 2014
errata? When making the ginger syrup, shouldn't the sugar to in the saucepan with the water and the ginger? The sugar isn't mentioned anywhere in the instructions.