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