But we do love Ginger Ale.
I have always loved fresh ginger, there is nothing like the aroma that unleashes the minute you start slicing into that root, and ginger is SO good for you too.
This is a simple Ginger Syrup that you can keep refrigerated and make individual servings of ginger ale whenever you have that craving. May I suggest you make a double batch of this recipe, because if you love it as much as we do, one will not suffice :)
The recipe comes from the great Imbibe Magazine.
2 cups unpeeled, washed, fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 cups sugar
6 cups water
Process ginger chunks in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Place in a large stock pot. Add sugar and water to the pot and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for one hour until a rich syrup is created. Strain the syrup twice through cheese cloth or a sieve into a large jar or bottle. Refrigerate.
To make ginger ale, simply fill an ice-filled glass a third of the way with the syrup, top with soda water and a squeeze of lime, stir and enjoy.
Now don't throw out the ginger pieces.....you can use those to make candied ginger, which is super easy.
Line a small sheet pan with wax or parchment paper, or with tinfoil. Spread about 1/4 cup sugar. Remove the ginger from the cheesecloth, and place it on the pan.
Toss it with the sugar and then spread into a thin layer. Let dry for several hours, or overnight.