REAL DEAL Ginger Ale – super easy!

It has never ever crossed my mind to make my own ginger ale. However, after making my own cranberry juice, it’s really not that far a cry to diversify my homemade drinks repertoire by adding ginger ale!  Not unlike making cranberry juice, it is super duper easy to make ginger ale.

You make the syrup by mixing 1c granulated sugar with 1/2c water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Once the syrup reaches a boil and the sugar dissolves, it becomes clear.
Stir in 1/2c finely chopped (fresh) ginger, then remove the mixture from the heat. Cover and let steep for one hour.
After steeping for one hour, strain out the ginger bits. You’ll be left with a syrup. Stir in 1T freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add the syrup to sparkling water to taste…cool…then enjoy the REAL DEAL.

We took the ginger ale over to a friends’ house and it was a hit!  However, we were left with sugary ginger bits and I thought it would be a huge waste to just toss them into the compost. In the end, there were two ideas: candied ginger or ginger chocolate bark (or chocolate-covered ginger). We ended up going the candied ginger route and that turned out well too. So that way, you don’t waste anything!

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