Ginger Ale
Recipe Type: Virgin Drink
Serves: 32 oz
When life hands you ginger, make ginger ale.
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup tap water
  • 8oz peeled ginger, grated or minced
  • pinch of coarse sea salt, to taste
  • 24 ounces soda water
  1. In a small pan over medium-low heat, stir the sugars, water and the vanilla together until combined. Cook until the sugars have completely dissolved. Add the ginger and stir.
  2. Turn the heat to very low and cook the entire mixture down, about ten to fifteen minutes, until very fragrant. The mixture will become very syrupy and should coat the back of a spoon.
  3. When ready, strain the ginger pieces, keeping the syrup aside. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the ginger ale, combine 6 ounces soda water with about 1 ½ to 2 ounces ginger syrup, or about ¾ cup soda water to ¼ cup ginger syrup. Serve cold over ice.
  5. When kept tightly covered and chilled, the ginger syrup should last about one month.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at