Make your own homemade ginger ale with this easy ginger syrup!
Read on to learn how to make refreshing ginger ale at home!
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 thrown off by how much it tasted like ginger, but then I grew to love it. Once you try it, you'll never go back to store-bought ginger ale again!
It can also be used in cocktails, teas or even drizzled over ice cream or desserts. I've used it in salad dressings and in making sauces for roasted chicken.
- Fresh ginger - this is so easy to find at most grocery stores now! Buy extra and keep it in your freezer, then use a microplane to grate it for any recipe that calls for minced ginger!
- Powdered ginger - for that extra ginger kick!
- Sugar - I used unbleached cane sugar, but you can use any regular sugar. Coconut sugar might be good too!
- Water - I used filtered water.
Cut a 6-inch piece of ginger root into thin strips. There is no need to peel!
Combine the water, ginger and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over high heat until it comes to a bowl. Once it is boiling, whisk in the ground ginger.
Turn the heat to low or medium-low and simmer until it's reduced by half. This should take about 10 minutes.
Strain out the ginger pieces and let it cool to room temperature. Store in a lidded jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To make a cup of ginger ale, stir in one tablespoon (more or less to taste) into 1 cup of seltzer and stir! I like to garnish with a slice of fresh ginger.
This is the most refreshing homemade ginger ale! It has a kick from the ginger and so much flavor!
I use the ginger syrup also in a lot of cocktails!
More recipes using ginger.
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Ginger Syrup for Homemade Ginger Ale
- 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
This was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2024.