Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ginger Syrup, Ginger Ale

This is the kind of recipe that will just make you happy.  For one, it's really easy.  Also, your whole house is going to smell beautiful - a perfumey, ginersnappy kind of smell.  Yum!   The flavor is spicy and fresh.  It's healthier - sure, it's got sugar, but no chemicals.  And finally, you get to say you made it yourself! 
I found the recipe, credited to Imbibe Magazine, at Joy the Baker.  I used evaporated cane juice instead of white sugar and changed the process just slightly.  She suggests that bitters and bourbon can be added, and why not?  Make it how you like it!  
What happens when you've had your fill of ginger ale, you might ask?  What to do with the remaining syrup?  Cocktails, mocktails, teas - you're only limited by your imagination.  Here's a link to one intriguing cocktail: The Royal Gingersnap.  Another option is to add a tablespoon or two to a glass of limeade or lemonade.  The flavors are very complimentary.  Serve it over vanilla or lemon ice cream.  Blend the two to make a wonderful milkshake.  Get creative!
So, delight yourself, amaze your friends, and give this recipe a try!

Ginger Syrup
Adapted from Imbibe Magazine

2 cups fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
2 cups sugar (evaporated cane juice is a great substitute)
6 cups water


1.  Process the ginger in a food processor until finely chopped.  Transfer the ginger to a stock pot along with the sugar and water.

2.  Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

3.  Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about an hour or until the mixture has reduced to 2 cups (reduced by two thirds).  The syrup should be glossy.

4.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pot or bowl.  Discard the solids.  Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with cheese cloth.

5.  Let the syrup cool.  Transfer to a clean container, cover, and chill completely.

Ginger Ale

1 cup club soda, chilled
3 tbsp ginger syrup


1.  Combine the soda and syrup in a glass.  Add ice.

2.  Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, if you’d like, and serve!

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