Homemade Fresh Ginger Ale Recipe

Ginger ale with ice cubes in drinking glass
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  • 90 mins
  • Prep: 65 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 quarts (16 servings)
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If you love ginger ale, try making your own at home. ​Home-made ginger simple syrup is mixed with club soda to make fresh ginger ale.

Homemade ginger ale can be the springboard for so many beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups ginger (fresh, peeled, and chopped)
  • 3 strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each; yellow part only)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 quarts club soda (chilled)
  • Optional: ice cubes

How to Make It

  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, place ginger, lemon peel, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to about 3 cups, another 15 minutes.
  3. Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in ginger mixture to separate solids from liquids. Discard the lemon peel.
  4. The strained cooked ginger pieces can be reserved for other uses (good with vanilla ice cream or yogurt) if desired.
  1. Cool this ginger simple syrup, pour into a glass container, seal tightly, and chill at least 1 hour until cold or up to 1 week.
  2. When ready to serve, for each 16-ounce serving, mix 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup with 1 cup cold club soda and pour over ice. Additional ginger syrup and/or sugar may be added to taste.

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