recipe

Fresh ginger brings a new level of flavor to this bubbly soda fountain favorite.

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 50 minutes
yield
  • Serves 6 (Makes about 1½ cups ginger syrup)

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Prepare Ingredients

Ginger Syrup

4 ounces
fresh ginger
1½ cups
water
½ cup
sugar
½ cup
honey
Pinch
salt
¼ cup
lime juice, squeezed from 2 limes

Ginger Ale

Ice
¾ cup
cold plain seltzer water
¼ cup
ginger syrup

Gather Cooking Equipment

Cutting board
Chef's knife
Medium saucepan
Wooden spoon
Fine-mesh strainer
Cheesecloth
Medium bowl
Jar with tight-fitting lid
Glass
Spoon
1
 
4 ounces
fresh ginger

For the ginger syrup: Place ginger on cutting board. Use chef’s knife to cut ginger crosswise into slices about ¼ inch thick. You should have about 1 cup sliced ginger.

 
2
 
1½ cups
water
½ cup
sugar
½ cup
honey
Pinch
salt

In medium saucepan, combine sliced ginger, water, sugar, honey, and salt. Bring to simmer over medium heat (small bubbles should break often across surface of mixture).

 
3
 

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon, for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and slide saucepan to cool burner.

 
4
 
¼ cup
lime juice, squeezed from 2 limes

Stir in lime juice. Let mixture cool completely, about 30 minutes.

 
5
 

Line fine-mesh strainer with triple layer of cheesecloth. Place strainer over medium bowl. Pour cooled ginger mixture through strainer into bowl, pressing gently on ginger pieces to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard cheesecloth and ginger pieces. Pour strained ginger syrup into jar with tight‑fitting lid. (Ginger syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.)

 
6
 
Ice
¾ cup
cold plain seltzer water
¼ cup
ginger syrup

To make 1 Ginger Ale: Stir or shake ginger syrup to recombine. Place ice in glass. Pour cold seltzer into glass over ice. Add ¼ cup ginger syrup to seltzer. Use spoon to stir gently to combine. Serve.