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.
MAKING GINGER ALE
- 1 cup club soda
- 3 tbsp ginger syrup
- lime wedge
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.