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. 


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)

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.



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,

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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