Ginger Ale syrup is the perfect example of a store bought item that should only have a few ingredients (all that you can understand, preferably) listed on the label but doesn't. The homemade version consists of 3: water, sugar, ginger. That's it.
Sweet and slightly spicy, homemade ginger ale is perfect on a hot summer day or day when you aren't feeling up to par. It's the perfect thirst quencher, simple to make, and stores for a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Homemade Ginger Ale
1 c. water
1 c. granulated sugar
1 - 4" piece of ginger root
Peel the ginger and cut it into 6 pieces. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the water, sugar, and peeled and sliced ginger to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and let sit until it comes to room temperature, about 1/2 hour. Remove the ginger with a slotted spoon and discard or use for another purpose. Pour the syrup into a container and store in the refrigerator.
You can double, triple, quadruple, etc. the recipe - just keep the proportions the same: for every 4 inches of ginger root use 1 c. water and 1 c. granulated sugar.
*If you own a Soda Stream Machine, make a bottle of carbonated water and then add the ginger syrup, instead of purchased syrup, to the carbonated bottle. I typically add 1/4c - 1/3c, depending on the strength.*
Store in the refrigerator in a closed container for up to 3 weeks.