It’s nearing the end of the semester, which means I’m getting really good at productive procrastination. Thus, I bring you another homemade recipe from my little rented kitchen, as opposed to my completed homework assignments. Gooooood.
Anyhow, this recipe has a little story behind it. You’ll be proud to know that I was at a coffee shop, studying like a good little student, when I tried the store’s homemade Ginger Ale. The drink was delicious, but expensive (no surprise there!). After finishing my expensive and petite store bought ginger ale, I became convinced that I could make my own version just as easily, save myself some money, and share this refreshing treat with friends! Win-win-win.
SO, no surprise to you all, but that’s exactly what I did. Story time over. It brewed, we drank, and all were happy.
I bring you my new favorite drink recipe- Homemade Ginger Ale. Sip up! Summer will be here before we know it!
- 1 ½ cups chopped peeled ginger (7 ounces)
- 2 cups water
- ¾ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- About 1 quart chilled seltzer or club soda
- ~ 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Optional variations: lemon juice, lemon slice, strawberry slices, frozen blackberries, peach slices
- In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the chopped ginger and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer with the pot partially covered for 45 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow to steep, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Once steeped, strain the liquid through a sieve into another bowl, pressing on the ginger the get all the liquid out. Discard the ginger.
- Return the liquid to the saucepan and add the sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat the liquid over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is fully dissolved.
- Chill the syrup in a covered jar until cold.
- To assemble the drinks: Combine ¼ cup ginger concentrate with ¾ cup seltzer water and 1 ½ teaspoons lime juice. Adjust flavors as desired by adding additional ingredients.
To spice up your drink even more, add one or a combination of the following fruits, starting with a base of ginger concentrate, seltzer water, and either lime or lemon juice.
- Frozen blackberries
- Chopped strawberries
- Lemon/lime slices
- Peach slices
- Any combination of the above
Notes and Tips!:
- Source: Epicurious
- Have fun adding your favorite alcohol or fruits to this recipe! The variations make this drink extra versatile and crowd-pleasing!
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