Homemade Ginger Ale

If you want to taste the ginger in your ginger ale, this recipe is for you! It’s made with just 4 ingredients and takes 10 minutes of hands-on time. Start now and you’ll be sipping Homemade Ginger Ale in no time!

homemade ginger ale in tall glasses with colorful straws and fresh mint garnish.

I’m super underwhelmed by store-bought ginger ale. It has only the faintest hint of ginger flavor.

If I’m drinking something called “Ginger Ale”, I want lots of fresh ginger flavor!

This 4-Ingredient Homemade Ginger Ale recipe fits the bill. It has that fresh ginger flavor, and a gentle sweetness to offset the spiciness of the ginger.

It’s perfect for a warm afternoon on the patio (just like my Homemade Orange Julius), or as an ingredient for a cocktail made with ginger ale.

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  • Fresh ginger is essential to this recipe. You can find it in the produce section of the grocery store, usually near the potatoes and onions. Keep any extra ginger in your freezer for another batch of ginger ale, or for grating into other dishes.
  • You’ll be combining the sugar with water and the ginger to make a simple syrup.
  • A small amount of fresh lime juice complements the sweetness of the simple syrup.
  • Club soda has just the right amount of carbonation for this. Don’t substitute sparkling water. It has fewer bubbles and the soda will taste flat.

How to make homemade ginger ale

First, peel the ginger. I use a knife for this (just cut away the peel). Some people use a spoon to scrape off the peel. That works too! Do whatever is easiest for you.

It doesn’t have to be perfect because we will be straining the mixture anyway. Then, cut the ginger into half inch coins.

Bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

coins of ginger sitting in simple syrup in a small saucepan

Take off the heat and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. You just made ginger simple syrup!

Strain the simple syrup using a mesh colander. Discard the ginger coins. Let the mixture cool completely.

coins of ginger sitting in a mesh colander

Pour 2–3 tablespoons of the simple syrup into a tall glass. Stir in 1.5 teaspoons of lime juice.

Pour 8 ounces of club soda on top. Stir gently with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice and serve with fresh mint, if desired.

four glasses of homemade ginger ale with colorful polka dot straws and fresh mint garnishes.

Make it ahead

Homemade Ginger Ale is best served right after assembling it. However, you can prepare two of the steps ahead of time:

  • Make the ginger simple syrup and refrigerate
  • Squeeze the limes and refrigerate

Then, when it’s time to serve the drink, you just need to stir everything together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this ginger ale not the same color as store-bought ginger ale?

Commercially made ginger ale has color added. We’re using just a few simple ingredients for this, so it won’t be that same tan color. But I can promise you, it tastes so much better.

Can I make this sweeter?

Yep! Just add more simple syrup. Experiment with the ratio of simple syrup to club soda to find your desired taste.

What do I do with the leftover simple syrup?

Put it in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. It will keep for a few months.

Can I make this into a cocktail?

You sure can! A shot of vodka + lime garnish makes a tasty vodka ginger ale. A shot of dark rum + lime garnish will create a twist on a Dark and Stormy (which is traditionally made with ginger beer).

glass of ginger ale with a green polka dot straw, with ice and fresh mint.

How long can you store homemade ginger ale?

Once the ginger ale has been made, it only lasts an hour or two before the carbonation disappears. I recommend stirring the ingredients together right before you plan to serve it.

You can, however, store the ginger simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to one month.

More refreshing beverages

Need more drink inspiration?

Hibiscus Iced Tea (non-alcoholic) and Fresh Mango Mojitos (alcoholic) are two of my favorites.

2-Ingredient Raspberry Lemonade is another great one!

📖 Recipe

tall glasses of ginger ale with colorful straws

4-Ingredient Homemade Ginger Ale

Published by Kate
Crisp, cool, and refreshing, this homemade ginger ale is perfect for a warm day. And it’s made with just 4 ingredients!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 113 kcal


  • cup sugar
  • cup water
  • 1 medium-sized knob fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch coins (about ½ cup)
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 2 (1-liter) bottles club soda, chilled in the refrigerator
  • To garnish: fresh mint


  • Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add the ginger and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
  • Strain the ginger syrup into a bowl and transfer to a mason jar or a similar jar with a lid. Discard the ginger coins. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of the ginger syrup and 1.5 teaspoons of lime juice into a tall glass. Pour 8 ounces (1 cup) of club soda over the top. Stir gently to combine. Add ice and serve with mint garnish, if desired.
  • Repeat the process for each glass of ginger ale that you make (this recipe makes 8 servings).


You can store any leftover ginger simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
You can peel the ginger with either a knife (just cut it off) or a spoon (scrape the edge of the spoon along the peel, and it will come off).
Making this for a crowd? Instead of making individual glasses, place the simple syrup, club soda, and lime juice in a big pitcher, and stir to combine.


Serving: 1glassCalories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 30g
Keyword ginger simple syrup, homemade ginger ale
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    1. Thanks so much, Ellen! I so appreciate your support. Hope you had a nice weekend!

5 from 1 vote

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