Homemade Ginger Ale

Create your own delicious ginger ale from scratch!

Truth be told, I’m not a huge soda person. It’s very rare that I crave a Coke or Mountain Dew, but I do enjoy bubbly drinks on occasion – typically my bubbly beverage of choice is either an Izze or Ginger Ale (Ginger Beer is better but it’s hard to find).

Recently, a friend of mine was struggling with some morning sickness and I knew that Ginger was a natural remedy (you can read more about that here). I was curious to find out if there was a way to consume more ginger without all the sugar/corn syrup in pre-made Ginger Ale. What I found ended up being a game changer for my life because I really. like. ginger ale.

I found a post on Kitchen Stewardship (which was actually a guest post by Food for My Family) all about making naturally sweetened Ginger Ale – woah, what? Yes. Ginger Ale made with honey. On a side note, if you haven’t stopped by Kitchen Stewardship to read through Katie’s posts, you definitely should. I haven’t been following her for very long, but she has some really great posts and an even better story. Naturally having read this post, I got right into the kitchen with some mega hunks of Ginger Root.

Peeling the ginger for the ginger ale syrup

Shaina’s recipe for Ginger Ale was pretty spot on the first time I made it. However, I found that I wanted it to be a little more like Ginger Beer because I really like ginger  – if you’re not sure the difference between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, you can read this post. So after making it a few times, I did some research and found that if you grate the ginger it generates a much more potent flavor when boiled (I’m sure it’s something to do with surface area exposure and what not, but honestly I just care that it works). So I fiddled with the recipe just a hair and I must say that I was really pleased with the results! Unfortunately, Seltzer Water has now become a staple in my refrigerator.

Grated Ginger makes for a stronger ginger flavor

You’ll notice in the picture above that I didn’t really peel my Ginger thoroughly. That’s mainly because I was throwing it into a pot to boil and then straining it out. If you give it a good washing prior to preparing, you should be golden with a rough peel. If you’re unsure how to even start with peeling Ginger, here is a great tutorial.

I mentioned to someone the other day that I was making Ginger Ale and their eyes got huge and they immediately asked how I could possibly do that. I responded by debunking the impression that I was making my own carbonation and instead simply making a syrup to add to carbonated water – to which they were much less impressed. I say that in hopes that you’ll be less intimidated and possibly even inspired! This basic recipe and method could inspire endless soda flavors : Berry Blends, Strawberry Basil, Peach Mint! So if Ginger Ale isn’t necessarily your thing, I want to hear what is – what kind of sodas would you rather be trying?

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Homemade Ginger Ale made with Honey
Homemade Ginger Ale
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A homemade Ginger Ale syrup sweetened with honey. Inspired by Shaina Olmanson's recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 glasses 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 glasses 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Homemade Ginger Ale made with Honey
Homemade Ginger Ale
Yum
Print Recipe
A homemade Ginger Ale syrup sweetened with honey. Inspired by Shaina Olmanson's recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6 glasses 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 glasses 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: glasses
Instructions
To Make the Syrup
  1. Start your water boiling over medium high heat in a medium sauce pan. Peel your ginger with the back of a spoon until most of the skin is removed.
  2. Once peeled, grate enough ginger to generously fill a 1/4 cup. Slice the remaining ginger into 1/4" thick slices - they don't have to be perfect. Add all the ginger into the boiling water.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of honey to the water and stir to combine. Allow the water to return to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Prepare for your kitchen to smell amazing!
  4. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Strain your mixture through a fine strainer to remove as much ginger solids as possible - you'll want to strain the mixture into something that can be sealed. Once strained, add in the lime juice and remaining honey - stir to combine.
  6. The mixture should cool completely before sealing or placing in the fridge. If kept properly, this should keep about 10 days in the fridge.
To Serve
  1. Once you're ready to serve, pour 1.5oz of the Ginger Ale Syrup into a glass and top with 6-8oz seltzer water (or your preferred carbonated water) and quickly stir. Serve with ice and a splash of lime if you would like.
Recipe Notes

If you would like a milder flavor, slice the entire amount of ginger instead of grating it - you should end up with about a cup of sliced ginger.

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