Everyone guessed it right! I made ginger ale. Thanks for playing along. 🙂
This is really good, and simple to make.
Anyone else try making their own soda/pop?
To make this refreshing drink, first I made a fresh ginger syrup.
Here’s my recipe:
Homemade Ginger Ale
2 cups fresh ginger (unpeeled and chopped)
2 1/2 cup sugar
4 cups water
carbonated water (I used Canada Dry All Natural Original Sparkling Seltzer Water)
fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional)
• Put first 3 ingredients into a pot and stir over high heat; bring to a boil.
• Turn heat down, and simmer for 40-50 minutes.
• Allow to cool.
• Strain ginger pieces from the syrup, and discard them (or put into a cup and add about 1 cup of carbonated water over the ginger pieces to “rinse”, stir & strain again for a quick taste of ginger ale).
• Refrigerate syrup in a closed container. I used an old Talenti jar.
• Add syrup to taste – and a few drops of lemon juice, if desired – to ice cold carbonated water; stir.
We use about 2 tablespoons of syrup to 1/2 cup carbonated water.
I enjoy ginger ale (soda) from time to time, especially on taco or pizza night (or in the case of an upset stomach).
Recently, I’ve started getting into ginger beers, thanks to my husband. He brought a few cans home one day and we got so wasted! Lol Kidding. Ginger beer is non-alcoholic. At least the ones we’ve tried are. They are bubbly and spicy. One sip, and it hits the back of your throat with a tickle, then a slow heat. Tastes sweet and very gingery. I’m loving ginger beer!
What’s the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer?
I have no idea.
The soda I made tastes like ginger beer!
Reading the ingredient list on several different bottled brands at the grocery store, it all seemed the same. Ginger (fresh or artificial flavor), carbonated water and some kind of sweetener (corn syrups, sugar and/or honey). Lemon, lime and/or pineapple juices are optional.
My plan was to buy some plain carbonated water, add some sugar and fresh chopped ginger, give it a shake and be done with it. But, my husband was convinced that cooking a syrup was the better way to go and, he was right.
This was the first time I’ve ever cooked with fresh ginger too. Who knew those little tree branch looking things could taste so nice! I’m curious to make something else with it, but I’m not sure what.
What do you make with fresh ginger?