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Updated September 26, 2014
Maraschino cherries for garnish, if desired
oz Ginger Simple Syrup (or to taste, see recipe link for Ginger Simple Syrup below)
Recipe link for Ginger Simple Syrup: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/ginger-simple-syrup-recipe/1/
Make sure ingredients are well chilled.
Pour ginger syrup and club soda into a tall glass. Give a little stir, and fill glass with ice.
Garnish with maraschino cherries, if desired.
- 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled ginger (7 ounces)
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- About 1 quart chilled seltzer or club soda
- About 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Make syrup:
- Cook ginger in water in a small saucepan at a low simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, 20 minutes.
- Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on ginger and then discarding. Return liquid to saucepan and add sugar and a pinch of salt, then heat over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Chill syrup in a covered jar until cold.
- Mix ginger syrup with seltzer and lime juice (start with 1/4 cup syrup and 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice per 3/4 cup seltzer, then adjust to taste).
Homemade Hawaiian Ginger Ale
Bring ginger, sugar, and 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl or jar and discard ginger. Let cool completely. (You should have about 2 cups.)
For each drink, add 1/4 cup ginger syrup and 1/2 cup club soda to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.
DO AHEAD: Ginger syrup can be made 1 month ahead. Cover and chill.
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Homemade Ginger Ale - Recipes
When ginger beer and ginger ale were first created, they were part soothing drink, part soothing medicine. If you had felt nauseous or had an upset stomach, you drank a ginger ale. A tradition that continues to this day even if there isn’t much real ginger in a ginger ale.While the placebo effect of drinking a can of dry ginger ale may alleviate your stomach ache, your stomach won’t need any convincing with a refreshingly spicy homemade version.
Homemade Spicy Ginger Ale recipe by Season with Spice
1 cup of fresh ginger – peeled and chopped finely
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of raw sugar
1 tbsp of dark brown sugar or molasses (for a richer color and flavor)
Soda water or sparkling mineral water
1. Add water and chopped ginger into a small pot, and cover. Bring to a boil, then turn fire off, and let steep for 30-60 minutes (depending on how strong you want the ginger flavor).
2. Strain out chopped ginger, and return the ginger-spiced water to the pot. Heat again, and add in the sugar, stirring until fully dissolved. Turn fire off, and allow ginger syrup to cool.
3. Add ice into a glass. Then add in about 1-2 tbsp of ginger syrup, a generous squeeze of lime juice, and top it off with soda water. Enjoy!
- Many ginger ale recipes include the sugar immediately, but to best extract the ginger flavor (gingerol), leave the sugar out in the first step.
- I prefer a watery ginger syrup since it is easier to mix in to the drink, but if you prefer a thicker syrup, keep boiling the water out in Step 2 until the syrup reaches the desired consistency.
- Go ahead and experiment with additional spices in your ginger ale, like black peppercorns, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, dried chili peppers, star anise, cardamom, and so on (just add in the spices in Step 1 and strain out with the ginger).
- This recipe will make about 1.5 cups of ginger syrup, which will make around 15 glasses of ginger ale. Store ginger syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator (will keep for at least a few weeks).
- 1 cup peeled, thinly sliced ginger
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups club soda
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
In a covered saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the ginger pieces and sugar and cover. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for five minutes.
Remove from heat and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.
Strain the mixture and set aside the liquid. Once it has reached room temperature, cool it in the fridge. Although you don’t need the ginger pieces anymore, you can keep them to make crystallized ginger.
Mix the ginger-sugar water with two cups of cold club soda. Add the lime juice. Stir and serve.