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!
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 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, or as an ingredient for a cocktail made with ginger ale.
Ingredients in homemade ginger ale
- 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.
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. 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.
Pour 2–3 tablespoons of the simple syrup into a tall glass. Pour 8–10 ounces of club soda on top. Stir gently with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice and serve with fresh mint, if desired.
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).
Homemade Ginger Ale is perfect for sipping on all summer long.
Homemade Ginger Ale
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup water
- 1 medium-sized knob fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch coins (about ½ cup)
- 2 ounces (1/4 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).