Homemade Ginger Ale Soda Syrup

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
Carbonated water

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.

When ready to serve:  either add by the Tablespoon to a glass of carbonated water (I typically use 3-4 Tablespoons) or add to a bottle of carbonated water, pouring in slowly, 1/4 c. at a time until it is the strength you desire.

*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.


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Thanks, will have to try this soon!!

Annnightflyer said...

I always have a piece of ginger in my frig think I will try this!

daisy said...

Can you use regular (non-carbonated) water? We aren't much for fizzy drinks here.

I imagine this would be great for tummy aches!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sue and Annnightflyer - I hope you do! It's really easy and tastes so fresh. Daisy - I'm sure it would be fine in regular water and yes, I believe it would be great for tummy aches. :-)