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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Sunday

Sunday was a fantastic day!

After a few days without Grant, Will and I were thrilled to have him home and we enjoyed the day together as a family.

We had a leisurely morning, two people took naps, one spent some time knitting and writing on the blog.

We went to a bike shop and a coffee shop that are next door to each other in Minneapolis, a favourite combination around here.

We enjoyed a longer than planned afternoon bike ride.  Longer not because we were lost, but because we decided that we wanted to go around Lake Harriet just one more time because we were having such a good time!  The weather was perfect, the company was fantastic… and the people watching… well, it just doesn’t get any better than this!

We headed over to church next and enjoyed the fact that we could be a little late because we didn’t have any responsibilities requiring us to be early this week.  We had good conversations with new friends and now familiar faces.

At home we had a sleeping baby and a delicious dinner and favourite tv shows.

Yes, Sunday was a fantastic day.  And you know what?  I don’t have a single photo from the day!  I left my phone at home by a happy accident and rather than spending time trying to capture memories, we enjoyed making them instead.