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Homemade Ginger Ale

UPDATE: This post originally ran on December 17 2013, but we love this homemade recipe so much we had to share it again!

It’s funny, but I most definitely swear by ginger ale. If I have a cold…stomach ache…headache….any other kind of ache…or if I just need a nice refreshing beverage…ginger ale cures it all for me. Who knows…it could just be a mental thing, but I instantly feel better after having a cold glass of ginger ale. It’s crisp and delicious, and I can drink it at any hour of the day. I was so excited when I found a homemade recipe that I had to try it out. If you are a ginger ale fan, no doubt you are going to love this.

ginger ale supplies

What you need:

1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

club soda

lemon and lime juice


ginger syrup boiling

First, peel some fresh ginger root and cut it into small slices until you have a cup’s worth. Combine the ginger, sugar and water into a saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Strain the syrup and allow it to cool.

pouring syrup over ice

Fill a glass with ice, and pour over 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts club soda.

ginger ale gradation

I used about a shot’s worth of the ginger syrup, but you can always add in more to make it more flavorful.

ending photo

Finish off by squeezing in some lemon and lime juice, and a sprig of mint for garnish. Enjoy!

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Juliette Laura -December 17, 2013, 8:07AM

Oh my goodness! I am the same way with gingerale so this is actually perfect. Definitely making this.

xo, Juliette Laura

Annejelina -December 17, 2013, 9:27AM

Whenever I drink ginger ale it makes me think of flying on a plane. I love how natural this recipe is, you could even swap out the sugar with coconut sugar too =) Sounds delish <3
xoxo Annejelina

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Ginger! love everything with ginger! Gotta try this. Nice pictures too!

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LamentingLizzie -December 17, 2013, 10:06AM

Totally trying this next time I have a hangover…. sooo New Years Day. Just sayin’.

Rachel -December 17, 2013, 10:35AM

That looks super refreshing. I would love to try this.

Caitlin Dohrenwend -December 17, 2013, 12:06PM

i cant wait to try this, i love ginger ale

Megan -December 17, 2013, 12:30PM

I’ve recently found love with ginger ale. I’m so excited I’ll be able to make my own now!! Thank you for this recipe

Mykaela -December 17, 2013, 5:02PM

can’t wait to try it.

Kristen -December 17, 2013, 5:04PM

ginger seriously cures EVERYTHING. love this! xo

Elizabeth -December 17, 2013, 5:16PM

this sounds amazing! Has anyone tried this without sugar..?

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Jasmine -December 18, 2013, 1:05AM

Great post!

Jessi Larson -December 18, 2013, 2:14PM

I can’t believe how easy this is, and way better than buying the stuff from the store, and a lot cheaper too. I wonder if you could freeze the syrup into ice cubes so it would last longer.

Mykaela -December 19, 2013, 7:48PM

I was pretty excited after seeing this recipe and have made it twice since it was posted. It’s so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

Welly -December 20, 2013, 8:16AM

Thanks for the recipe. Tried it for the 1st time & couldn’t believe how tasty it was. I muddled mint in my drink for a Moscow Mule taste.

Diane -January 25, 2014, 12:50PM

I’ve make this several times since the original post. It’s absolutely wonderful, I modify slightly by adding a touch of organic vanilla extract (about 1/4 teaspoon).

I also save the candied ginger root. I just toss in a little tubinado sugar and let dry and a rack. Yummy little treat! :)

Katrina -January 25, 2014, 2:33PM

Has anyone tried this recipe without sugar? Or substituted with coconut sugar? I’m trying to give up sugar and I love ginger ale. Thanks Free People for another great idea!

Emily -January 25, 2014, 4:31PM

I had no idea that making ginger-ale was this simple! I typically only drink it when I’m sick but I might have to make an exception for the homemade version. (:

Casie -January 25, 2014, 4:57PM

I just made this sans mint garnish + lime wedge (not on hand) and it is absolutely delicious! Thank you Jana! xo

Alex -January 27, 2014, 1:51AM

Yummy :) I always turn to ginger ale when I’m carsick or have an upset stomach. The combination of the detox effects of ginger and the bubbles in soda can always make me feel better. Thanks for sharing, next time I have a road trip I’ll make some homemade ginger ale so that I don’t have to turn to the processed stuff.

Thanks for sharing!

Alexis <3

Katty -January 27, 2014, 1:49PM

Thanks for re-sharing this great recipe!!
I didn’t see it in december and just made it and it’s soooo yummy… will definitely share this :)

Sara -February 1, 2014, 2:17PM

I substituted Pellegrino for Club Soda and it tastes wonderful!

Kristie -February 10, 2014, 11:06AM

Just saw this recipe – and thank goodness! 5 flu-y tummies over the weekend soothed by this lovely recipe – I had everything in the kitchen and the directions were sooo easy to follow – thank you!

HaleyLouise -February 14, 2014, 3:34PM

Oh thank you soooo much for the recipe! I love ginger and just tried the ginger ale , it’s amazing !:)

M.E. -March 7, 2014, 2:26PM

I used sugar in the raw and it’s absolutely amazing, my cramps have subsided.. thank youuuu!!

OrangeBlossom -May 3, 2014, 5:49PM

I made this for the very first time this morning. Used only ½ cup of sugar to 1 cup of thinly sliced ginger root. It came out PERFECT. Thank you for a wonderful and easy recipe! :)

Grace -July 4, 2014, 10:54PM

How long does the ginger syrup last in the fridge? Has anyone used raw honey instead of sugar? What amount?

Joanna -July 28, 2014, 7:32PM

I have made this recipe multiple times but have substituted honey for sugar. I use 2/3 c. honey instead of the 1 c. sugar. This recipe is also delicious with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg (to taste). Thanks!

Candi -August 5, 2014, 1:03PM

Cant wait to try this recipe. I love Ginger Ale, always find myself picking up the cheap store brand. Will give this a try over the weekend. Thanks for Sharing!

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