Monday, January 7, 2013

Ginger Syrup for Homemade Ginger Ale

Ginger Syrup

Remember when I posted about my new love, my SodaStream?  I promised you that I would try a few recipes from the books that I bought.  I begin with a recipe from The Artisan Soda Workshop: 75 Homemade Recipes from Fountain Classics to Rhubarb Basil, Sea Salt Lime, Cold-Brew Coffee and Much Much Morefor ginger syrup.

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Ginger syrup is used to make your own homemade ginger ale.  If you think you’ve tasted ginger ale before, you haven’t tried making your own.  It tastes like ginger.  I mean really like ginger.  At first I was kind of thrown off by how much it tasted like ginger, but then I grew to love it, and now am totally addicted to it. 

Powdered Ginger

Ginger Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (6 inch) piece of gingerroot, sliced into thin strips
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

In a medium pot combine the water, ginger and syrup and over high heat, bring to a boil.  Whisk in the ground ginger.  Reduce the heat to medium or medium low and let simmer, until is is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.  (Mine took longer). 

Take off the heat and strain out the ginger pieces either with a slotted spoon or through a strainer.  Let the syrup cool and refrigerate covered for up to 5 days.

To make ginger ale:  Stir 3 tablespoons of the ginger syrup (or to taste), into 1 cup of seltzer.

Makes 1 cup

12 comments:

Joanne said...

Oh my. I am a ginger fiend and I know I would adore this! Hmm maybe I'll ask for a sodastream for my birthday...

Kim said...

Pam - I gave up all store-bought sodas last year. Who knows what's in that stuff! But, I have really enjoyed making my own sodas as well. It's really so simple and the possibilities are endless. I'm fond of a pomegranate soda, but I think I'd love this version too.

La Table De Nana said...

Fun projects:) You must be enjoying this new gadget so much~

La Table De Nana said...

PS How are you liking Quiet?

a quiet life said...

i almost bought this becasue of you for my husband, but he was worried about the c02 refills cost... the one we looked at said you had to mail it back, looked complicated!

but i do love ginger~

Marjie said...

I love it when you get new toys and tell us all about them!

a good yarn said...

Dad made homeade ginger ale one year when we were kids. Everything was fine until it sounded like we were under attack. Yep, the bottles started exploding. The Soda Stream is a far more sensible option.

Jacky said...

I could go for a tall cool glass of that right now!

Julie said...

I need to give this a try. Interesting isn't it how canned ginger ale tastes nothing like ginger. :)

shabby girl said...

My mother Loved everything Ginger! When I would shop at Trader Joe's for her, it would be everything ginger that they offered!
Oh, my gosh, she would love this. I might, too!!!

grace said...

ginger ale has been my drink of choice lately, but i've never made my own! now i'm wishing i had asked for a soda stream for xmas. :)

Reeni Pisano said...

I could use some of that ginger syrup right now! I bet it is also good in a hot cup of tea!