Fresh Ginger Ale

Yesterday was the most humid and muggy day I think we’ve had all summer.  Isn’t it kind of ironic that it was also the first day of school for many?  In case you thought I was a little too ready for fall to come, I thought I’d share something summery.  Big Bowl is one of my favourite restaurants around here because they serve the best Ginger Ale so I thought I’d try making it.  I looked up a few recipes online.  I called my mom for her advice (she should really be the one with a blog).  And this is what I came up with and it is delicious!  I made it a second time and it was a little too sweet and not quite ginger-y enough.  So make sure you add lots of ginger.  I imagine you can always water it down or sweeten the syrup a little bit after it’s made if need be.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ginger root, about the size of your palm
  • 1 cup of water
  • lime wedges
  • sparkling water

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Peel the ginger and slice into thin pieces.  Add water, sugar and ginger to a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  I wanted to have a little bit of the ginger left in the syrup when I was done so I grated a small piece over the pan and let that simmer with the larger pieces.  It adds just a bit of pulp to the ginger ale.  If you don’t like any pulp, skip that step.

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After the syrup is finished, allow to cool.  I put everything into a jar and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.  Strain ginger out of the syrup and discard ginger.  You’re left with a delicious syrup to make your ginger ale!

To serve, add about 1/3 of a cup of syrup to one can of sparking water.  Squeeze a lime wedge and drink out of a fun straw!  Even Will wanted a taste!

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5 thoughts on “Fresh Ginger Ale

  1. Hi Katie. Each weekend I publish a serial episode — and promote bloggers and recipes. I’d like to feature a link back to your ginger ale recipe here (in a couple of weeks). Don’t worry — I keep everything G rated. Your blog is quite charming. When I saw the date of this post, I was delighted to see that you are still blogging. Hugs.

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