Homemade Ginger-alePosted: November 24, 2009
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.
- 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
- Bring the ginger, water, sugar and lemon peel to a boil and let simmer until a thick syrup forms (about 10 minutes, constant stirring).
- Let cool and strain into a container.
- Mix the syrup with seltzer and taste. Start with a little and add more until you get the desired ginger effect.
- 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.