Did you like to drink pop as a kid (“soda” for the Americans)? My house was pretty pop-free for the most part, my mom cared about our teeth and all that jazz. It may have taken me a while to appreciate it, but I think it’s one of those things that you end up thanking your parents for when you’re older and more mature. Ahem.
Older and more mature me is super glad I never became a pop drinker because of the cavities and all. Thanks, Mom! But there was a particular scenario in which I was allowed to have a small cup of pop. This scenario was when I stayed home from school sick, and the particular pop was ginger ale.
I was a real expert at the whole “fake sick” thing as a kid. Who wouldn’t be, when ginger ale was involved and Arthur and Wimzie’s House were on TV?
These days I like a little whiskey in my ginger ale, so I’m more inclined to fancy things up a bit and try and make homemade ginger ale. Turns out, it’s like the easiest thing in the world. All you have to do is make a ginger simple syrup (it’s called simple for a reason!) and add some club soda, and BAM! Ginger ale. As Emeril would say.
This homemade ginger ale has a strong ginger flavour, and at the risk of sounding like a boring hipster, tastes super natural (not supernatural, although maybe with the whiskey…) and doesn’t taste fake like store-bought ginger ale. Call me a hipster, but since this is so easy, I think I’m going to keep a jar of simple syrup in my fridge for whenever that ginger ale craving strikes. No more cans for this one!
This recipe for homemade ginger ale is very forgiving, and can be modified to your sweetness preferences. Too sweet? Add some more soda. Too bland? Stir a little more syrup in your glass! The perfect combination for me was 1 1/2 oz of syrup in a rocks glass topped with soda. Enjoy 🙂
- 100 g (3.5 oz) ginger root, peeled and sliced into small coins
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- club soda
- Add the ginger slices, water, and sugar to a small saucepan and heat over medium high, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the syrup to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and let cool completely before straining into a jar. Discard the ginger.
- To make the ginger ale, pour 1 1/2 oz syrup into a cocktail glass and top with club soda and a slice of lime. You can change the ratio of syrup to soda depending on your taste preferences. I like 1 1/2 oz syrup per 1 cup of club soda.