Homemade Ginger-ale

This has helped soothe my stomach for the past couple of days and is certainly cheaper than store bought.  Wish I could say the same for crackers, but I didn’t want to deal with making homemade crackers.  Phil gave a very good general idea for how to make the ginger ale (as well as soothing ginger tea) in his last post, but here are some measurements.  Increase/decrease at will.

Homemade Ginger-ale


  • 1 cup peeled and chopped ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • lemon zest from a lemon (I just peel the skin with a vegetable peeler and avoid the pith)
  • seltzer water

To Do:

  1. Bring the ginger, water, sugar and lemon peel to a boil and let simmer until a thick syrup forms (about 10 minutes, constant stirring).
  2. Let cool and strain into a container.
  3. Mix the syrup with seltzer and taste.  Start with a little and add more until you get the desired ginger effect.
  4. Drink w/ice (or not).

This is NOT exactly like commercial ginger-ale, but if you like ginger and drinking something delicious, give it a shot.

I am sure the ginger syrup would taste delicious in a variety of cocktails, but I won’t be partaking for a while.




2 Comments on “Homemade Ginger-ale”

  1. […] isn’t a canning recipe, but: how refreshing does this  homemade ginger ale by the blog 30 Bucks a Week look? And highly appropriate for flu season. I love the shot of the […]

  2. Maria says:

    thank you so much for sharing this – I’m in my first trimester and have actually added a “ginger ale” line to the budget… this will help!

    ps. I recommend peppermint tea for a stomach-soother as well

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