Unlike supermarket ginger ales, which are made with carbonated water, corn syrup, and ginger flavoring, this home-made ginger ale is made the old-fashioned way, with lots of fresh grated ginger, organic sugar and carbonated water.
Homemade Ginger Syrup
makes 2 cups ginger syrup
2 cups coarsely chopped ginger
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
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.
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.
1 cup club soda
3 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
dash of bitters (optional)