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Homemade Ginger Syrup for ginger ale

June 23, 2011














Homemade Ginger Syrup for ginger ale

recipe from Imbibe Magazine

makes 2 cups ginger syrup

2 cups coarsely chopped ginger

2 cups granulated sugar

6 cups water

Place chopped ginger in a food processor (or blender in a pinch) and pulverize until well chopped.

Place ginger, sugar, and water in a large stock pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and a half, until the liquid has reduced down by more than half.  You’re going from 6 cups of liquid to 2 cups.  The boiling syrup will become glossy and silky as it cooks down and nears completion.

Remove syrup from the flame and strain twice through a cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl.  Let syrup cool slightly before pouring into a bottle to store.  Cool completely before incorporating into drinks.

This site tells you that you can make candied ginger from the cooked ginger.  Check it out!

Ginger Ale

1 cup club soda

3 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)

lime wedge

dash of bitters (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice.  Stir with spoon to incorporate.  Enjoy immediately.  If you wanted to add bourbon… that would be delicious.

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  • Joy this looks AWESOME!

    The only soda I ever drink anymore, and we’re talking once a year on an airplane type thing, is ginger ale.

    But seeing that you made this ginger syrup, all of a sudden I really think I need ginger ale in my life. That I make myself. Who am I? Possibly making my own soda? I can’t even believe it…

    Thank you for the nudge :)

  • Yum, Gingerale is one of my favourite things to drink with bourbon mixed in!

  • Katy Vella Pace June 24, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Fresh ginger is a magical thing. What a great idea!
    Imagine this syrup mixed with rice vinigar to make a spicy-sweet dipping sauce for sushi.
    Soya sauce is not the best choice for those who are limiting their sodium. A splash of soya sauce in the ginger dipping sauce would still add some of the deep richness of soya sauce without all that sodium.

  • Joy. Thank you, thank you for doing this and in the process giving me plans for the weekend and thus saving my cats from being dressed up in my boredom. Thank you for making this saturday a lot more gingery. I like it, Its good.

  • Great tutorial. I love ginger so I’m going to have to give this a try. Am I right in thinking from the pictures that you just chop the ginger and put it all in peel and all or do you peel it first?

  • See how you are??? This brilliant ginger syrup on the tails of summer solstice…what a better way to kick off the first official weekend of summer? Vodka would be a beautiful addition, just the thought makes me want to put on a tank top and hang out with friends…yes please and thank you!

  • What a fabulous and fun tutorial!

  • My husband LOVES ginger ale, and I will have to make this for him (what a treat!). You are awesome, Joy, thanks.

  • I love the pictures, graphics and instructions – a real ‘joy’ to read (sorry, rubbish ‘joke’)!

  • Ah how funny…I was just reading the post from Serious Eats about the best ginger ale, they said Vernors was the best but I’m thinking this is waaaaaay better then any ginger ale.

    P.s. My sister and I were laughing our booties off listening to you and Tracy Shutterbean’s podcasts…keep up the awesomeness!

  • I love this because you get to drink your ginger and then candy and eat it! =)

  • i once made ginger beer which i love but this ginger syrup sounds more versatile and really delicious and so i will be making it soon..jane

  • fee brothers bitters = awesome

  • Ooh delicious! And I bet that this would be great in cocktails if you’re that way inclined…

  • This is surprisingly easy! And so glad for the candied ginger instructions. Now I know what to do on the weekend.

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