6/30/11

DIY: Ginger Ale. Totally from Scratch.



what better summer treat than ginger ale from scratch? 

here's a quick how-to: 

p.s. i forgot to take pictures with a couple of the steps, but you'll get the gist.

still learning {and remembering} to document every single step with a DIY. 

cheers! 

Homemade Ginger Syrup for ginger ale
recipe from Joy the Baker. 
makes 2 cups ginger syrup

2 cups coarsely chopped ginger

2 cups granulated sugar
 
6 cups water


Grab your supplies. Chop up ginger. Place chopped ginger in a food processor (or blender in a pinch) and pulverize until well chopped.

Place ginger, sugar, and water in a large stock pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and a half, until the liquid has reduced down by more than half.  

You’re going from 6 cups of liquid to 2 cups.  The boiling syrup will become glossy and silky as it cooks down and nears completion. (forgot to take a picture of this part. dang it)

Remove syrup from the flame and strain twice through a cheese cloth, or fine mesh strainer, into a large bowl.  Let syrup cool slightly before pouring into a bottle to store.  Cool completely before incorporating into drinks.

Last step?? Get yourself some darling straws to drink your homemade ginger out of. 
Ginger Ale
1 cup club soda
3 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
lime wedge
dash of bitters (optional)
ice

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice.  Stir with spoon to incorporate.  Enjoy immediately.  If you wanted to add bourbon… that would be delicious.


      Enjoy!


5 comments:

The Sissykins said...

Naught, naughty! Did you take my straws, or just copy me? :) Never-the-less adorable post, I must try making this! Yummy!!!

rachel porter said...

dearest sissy,
i have loved those straws since the day i was born.

boo yahh.

love your sissy,
rach

bethany said...

YUM! I don't even like ginger ale, but this looks too yummy not to try. Especially with the bourbon. Just sayin.

Cassi said...

How fun! I agree, those straws are the bomb diggety, but that ginger ale looks pretty amazing also :)

The Bonjour Four said...

my hubby loves that stuff! ill have to try it out. thanks for the recipe!

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