Today I’m sharing a recipe I first published on The Yummy Bits in September, 2012, for homemade ginger ale… with a minor upgrade. If you haven’t made ginger ale but love fresh ginger like I do, this is your calling.
My previous ginger ale recipe was fairly simple, but with an abundance of fresh mint (as seen in my last recipe for Minted Sparkling Lemonade), I’ve added the herb to this drink as well. The recipe below is for minted ginger syrup, to which you add sparkling water, ice, and fresh mint if desired for the drink.
Because this beverage starts as a syrup, it’s easy to make adjustments to suite your personal taste. Some people find fresh ginger to be very spicy; if you feel the same way, hold back on the amount of syrup you use. If you love fresh ginger, you might prefer your drink to have more of the syrup.
Do you like fresh ginger? Have you ever made your own ginger ale? Let me know in the comments below.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ice as needed
- carbonated water as needed
- fresh mint to garnish
- In a pot, combine the water, sugar, and ginger. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature, steeping the ingredients.
- Strain the liquid to remove the ginger and mint, and chill until cold. Add the lemon juice.
- Fill a cup with ice and pour enough syrup to fill the glass by one quarter (use more or less depending on your personal taste). Add carbonated water to fill and stir well.