Sunday, May 09, 2010

Homemade Ginger Ale

I've been meaning to make Ginger Ale ever since I received a food request from Shallah in February. I know, I know, it's been a long time since February and i'm not even sure if Shallah will come back to check it out... but here it is anyway!

Making your own Ginger Ale is fairly easy. All you've got to do is to make your own ginger syrup and mix it with your carbonated water of choice. I personally like Schweppes since I can always count on its "gas content". I tried other local brands of sparkling water but the fizz just didn't quite get there. You might also notice in the picture below that i used Schweppes tonic water instead. I guess it's a sign of aging when i'm starting to enjoy a hint of bitterness to my Ginger Ale, hahaaaa, sad.

But anyhoo, this simplified recipe is a great alternative to the proper way of making Ginger Ale which requires yeast and fermentation. But if you're interested, here's a great page with step-by-step pictures that'll give you a better-tasting one which might also yield some alcohol depending on your fermentation process. I'm not daring enough to try this, but let me know if you do!

Ginger Ale
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup fresh ginger, finely minced
    (using a knife or food processor)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sparkling water / club soda / tonic water
DIRECTIONS:

Ginger Ale

8 comments:

  1. I have wanted to try this for a while and haven't gotten around to it. Perhaps I'll shift it up my priority list after this post. I was drinking ginger ale out last night!

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  2. Wow, I didn't even know you could do that! Cool!

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  3. Hey, I'm responding to your question on my blog, regarding the dentelles (figured you'd be more likely to read this than if I answered on my own blog).

    The mealy mixture will actually be a lot softer and greasier than a pie crust dough - you'll notice there's like twice more butter than flour in there. It's all good, though! But like I wrote, if you find the resulting cookies too brittle or too greasy, you can just add more flour - it's all a matter of preference.

    I just loosely dump teaspoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet, but that means I end up with rather irregular cookies. If you want perfectly circular cookies, I guess you could pack up the mounds into balls - but given how soft the dough is, it might be more trouble than it's worth. Plus, if your baking sheets are like mine, they will distort due to the high oven temperature, which means the cookies could spread unevenly anyway.

    Hope that helps! Good luck!

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  4. It really sounds easy, but can you buy Ginger Ale in Poznan?

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  5. I drink ginger every single day since I got to this God dxmn cold country, but the traditional chinese way, you know, with black sugar and HOT! but making some ginger syrup is a great idea~ ^-^

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  6. Ha ha ha... aging? Don't you know that food bloggers never age? :-)))))

    By the way, this ginger ale looks great, I like to try .... thanks for sharing

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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