Ginger syrup (for homemade ginger ale)

I posted this on Facebook last summer, but it’s just so easy and so good that I figure it deserves further circulation.


  • about 2 cups ginger — one of the larger hunks of ginger root at the store should work — chopped well (or processed in a food processor)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups water

Combine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours, until the liquid has reduced to less than half of its original volume (you are aiming to have around 2 cups of syrup by the end of this process). Strain liquid through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve, and let it cool before use.



  • 1  cup club soda
  • 3 tbsp ginger syrup
  • lime wedge
  • ice

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice, and stir. These proportions can obviously be adjusted to suit your taste. This is pretty much the perfect summer drink, and would be incredible with a wide variety of spirits (gin, bourbon, rum if that’s your thing, etc etc etc).

I got this recipe from Joy the Baker. She suggests adding a dash of bitters to your ginger ale for extra deliciousness, which I bet would be amazing.



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2 responses to “Ginger syrup (for homemade ginger ale)

  1. carolyn

    I made this last night and used 3/4 of a cup of maple syrup for half the sugar, since I was almost out of sugar. It worked out great!

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