I have always been a ginger ale fan. What I didn't know, is there was very little ginger in any of the store bought ones.
Being a crafter (not a fantastic one) and a Do it yourself-er, I looked for recipes online. I was amazed by how many there are! I tried a few and decided to take components of a few, plus my own added touches to "create" my own. First you will make a syrup.
Now, I do not follow a strict recipe; I rarely do! But here is a really good idea of what I do:
- 1 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 4 cups Water
- 1/2 Cup lemon juice
- 2 cups sugar ( for this I mix regular with brown sugar equally) You could use date sugar, coconut sugar, any kind you like to your taste
- 1/2 T Red Crushed Pepper Flakes
- In a saucepan, bring to a boil all ingredients.
- Let boil, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat and simmer covered for another 20-30 minutes. You really want to get all of that ginger out of the root!
- After simmering is done, strain the mixture into jars (I love mason jars for this). It should yield about 5 cups.
This is your syrup. The next step is to mix with seltzer. I have a Soda Stream, so I fizz up my water and fill the rest of the bottle with my syrup. And I am done!
Without the Soda Stream, you can use bottled seltzer. To make one glass, mix in a ratio of 5 parts seltzer to one part syrup. You can customize the ratio to your liking.
Sit back and enjoy this healthy, crisp treat!