made from scratch 26.07.
Sweet Indulgence: Homemade Ginger Ale
Source: Joy the Baker
This refreshing ginger ale is not only homemade, it is also very simple to make.
Begin by chopping the ginger into chunks. You can leave the skin on.
Place the chopped ginger into a food processor and process until it is well chopped.
Place the sugar, ginger and water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 1-1.5 hours. You need to go from the 6 cups of liquid to about 2 cups of liquid.
Once the mixture is done, strain twice through cheesecloth.
Let the mixture cool and then bottle. To make the ginger ale, combine the about 3 tablespoons of the ginger syrup with 1 cup of club soda and extras such as a lime wedge, mint etc. Enjoy!
I enjoyed the ginger syrup straight up with nothing added to it. It tasted like a strong ginger beer which I absolutely loved! The ginger syrup mixed with the ginger ale was good as well, however, I found that you needed much more than 3 tablespoons in order to get it to taste like ginger ale.
Taste: 4 sweet burps out of 5 (4 very gingery sweet burps)
Level of Difficulty: Easy
RECIPE (retrieved from Joy the Baker)
Homemade Ginger Syrup for ginger ale
recipe from Imbibe Magazine
makes 2 cups ginger syrup
2 cups coarsely chopped ginger
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 hour and a half, 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)
dash of bitters (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice. Stir with spoon to incorporate. Enjoy immediately. If you wanted to add bourbon… that would be delicious.