Homemade Ginger Ale

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Soda lovers, rejoice! Finally a soda that you can drink without guilt because you can actually pronounce all the ingredients in it! Talking about soda/problems with pronunciation reminds me of the days right after I first moved to Louisiana. Growing up in Colorado, I learned to refer to soda as “pop.” In the South, however, everything I came to know as pop is called “coke,” even if it’s not coke (e.g. pepsi, sprite, 7-up, you get the gist). The kids in my high school thought it was hysterical that I would call coke/soda pop instead and I heard no end of it. Several other words I used were mocked as well, including calling P.E. Gym (“Why not call it Bob??”), calling a book-sack a backpack, and saying that I “put things away” instead of “put them up.” Regardless, I survived though I’m pretty sure I now call everything soda and have given up use of “pop.” Anyway, here is some soda/pop/coke that is easy to make, refreshing, and guilt free! I promise that real ginger is yummier than ginger flavor. Whip a little up if you have ten minutes to spare and impress the next guests you happen to have over!

Homemade Ginger Ale

Time: 10 minutes hands on, 60 minutes total    Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • One large fresh ginger root
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • sparkling water (seltzer water)

Substitutions

  • You can use white sugar, brown sugar, or honey instead of agave
  • If you don’t have lime use lemon instead

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Take one large piece of ginger and cut all the skin off. You don’t have to do a perfect job, just get as much off as you can.

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Then, cut the ginger into chunks and add to the water.

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Let boil for about 20 minutes or until the water has a strong ginger flavor. Add the agave, starting with slightly less than ¼ a cup and adding more after tasting.

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Use a slotted spoon to remove the ginger, then pour the liquid into a pitcher. Add the splash of lime. Place into the fridge to cool.

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After the liquid has cooled (at least 30 min) add a few ice cubes to a glass and fill ½ to ¾ full with seltzer. Top off with the ginger syrup. Mix and enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Homemade Ginger Ale

  1. This sounds so good! I make ginger tea pretty much the same way, without the sugar, lime and seltzer. So that’s not really so much the same, is it? I think it would be great fun to make my own ginger ale – a great weekend project!

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