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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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! :)

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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!

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

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

  11. 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! :)

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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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