Ginger ale is a non-alcoholic and refreshing drink made of fresh ginger and carbonated sweetened water. It’s probably the easiest soda you can make at home with little effort.
What do you need to make ginger ale?
You can make ginger ale at home in less than an hour. It is that simple and easy. The main ingredient is fresh ginger. You can get fresh ginger from your local supermarket from produce section. Using fresh ginger and granulated sugar you will make ginger syrup.
To make ginger ale you will need either club soda or seltzer water. Club soda is carbonated water that has been infused with minerals such as potassium sulfate, sodium chlorine, sodium bicarbonate and others. The minerals give water a slightly salty taste. Seltzer originated in Germany and is also carbonated water but with no added minerals. It can be enhanced with flavourings without alerting its taste which is why I recommend using it for your ginger ale.
You will also need fresh lemon or lime juice. I use lemon juice as I have all year lemon tree. However, using either of them will not impact the taste of your ginger ale.
You don’t need any special equipment to make ginger ale in your own kitchen. Equipment used is simple and includes a saucepan, bowl and a mesh strainer.
Once you have your ginger syrup ready you can make ginger ale by mixing ¼ of syrup and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice per with ¾ cup seltzer. This is my perfect mix but you can adjust ingredients to suit you own taste.
Ginger ale is a non-alcoholic and refreshing drink made of fresh ginger and carbonated sweetened water.
- 1 cup of fresh ginger
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- ¼ fresh lemon or lime juice
- 4 cups of cold club soda or seltzer water
- Prepare ginger: Peel the ginger and cut it into small cubes.
- Simmer ginger: Place the ginger and water into a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Let the ginger simmer for about 30 minutes then remove it from the heat. Remove the saucepan from the stove and let ginger sit in the saucepan for another 10 minutes.
- Make syrup: Pour the ginger syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing down to get all of the juice out of the mixture. Discard ginger pieces. Place the ginger syrup back into the saucepan then add granulated sugar. Bring to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Cool the syrup: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Set it aside and let the ginger syrup cool completely.
- Assemble: Serve it by mixing ¼ of syrup and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice per ¾ cup seltzer. Serve over ice. Place the remaining syrup in a mason jar and refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks.
Equipment: small saucepan, bowl and a mesh strainer
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 80
- Sugar: 20 grams
- Sodium: 17mg
- Saturated Fat: 0 grams
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 grams
- Trans Fat: 0 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Cholesterol: 0mg