If there is one food item that sums up my life as a thirty-something mom, it’s ginger. I discovered it a few years ago and never turned back. Ginger is always the finishing touch to my stir fry, the star of my carrot soup, the essential ingredient to my afternoon tea, and the secret ingredient to any chicken marinade. Also, those few times a year when I drink soda pop, it is usually ginger-ale.
My husband Greg jumped on the flavored bubbly water craze and, one day showed up at home with a CO2 tank from a local bar supply store. He keeps it in our basement, and we have fizzy water on demand whenever we want. I don’t drink fizzy water nearly as much as he does, but I must say that it has been fun playing around with different flavors. I love putting fruit and herb combinations in my fizzy water and have even gotten into creating some homemade syrups too.
I mentioned above that ginger is usually an ingredient in my afternoon tea. Well, that is because ginger is a natural remedy for heartburn and other digestive issues. Ginger Ale was originated in Ireland and has always been used as a home remedy for indigestion.
.Making this homemade ginger-ale was easy. And you do not need a CO2 tank in your basement to make this. You can use store-bought club soda too!
Homemade Ginger Ale
- 1/2 cup grated ginger
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- peel of one lemon
- 1 cup sugar
- club soda
In a saucepan, over low heat, combine ginger, lemon juice, lemon peel, and sugar. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or longer if you want your syrup to be more concentrated.
Remove from heat and put the syrup through a strainer, so the pieces of ginger and lemon peel are disregarded.
Store the syrup in a mason jar or another container. Let syrup cool before adding it to any drinks.
Make each glass of ginger ale at a time. Add a few tablespoons of syrup to 16 ounces of fizzy water and stir.