Sunday, December 2, 2012

Homemade ginger syrup (and what to do with it)

I love ginger. And I love seltzer. (Why drink normal water when you can drink water with bubbles?)

But I'm usually disappointed by what's on the market in terms of ginger ale: the popular, cheap brands don't even have actual ginger in them, and the "natural" bottles are more expensive than what I want to pay.

But making your own is cheap, and you know exactly what you're getting: sweet and spicy, delicious and gingery. All it takes is making a simple syrup infused with ginger root.



Ginger syrup
4 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into coins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water

In a saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, simmer about 10 minutes until sugar is dissolved and your kitchen smells gingery. Let cool, strain out ginger pieces and refrigerate.



Ginger ale

For a glass:
3 Tbsp ginger syrup
12 ounces seltzer

Add ice to a glass. Spoon ginger syrup over, top with seltzer. Stir.

For a bottle:
1/3 cup ginger syrup
1 liter seltzer

Combine ginger and seltzer. Stir gently to distribute ginger syrup.


Ginger rum cocktail
(I tried to think of a better name for this trademarked cocktail but failed).
3/4 shot ginger syrup
2 Tbsp dark rum
Dash orange bitters
12 ounces seltzer

Ginger tea
Heat a cup of water. Stir in a few tablespoons of ginger syrup to calm your stomach. You could add lemon slices as well.

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