Ginger-ade

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I have a growing obsession with ginger. It’s a strong flavor, but I love it. Ginger ale is the only soda I still drink. Reed’s Ginger Brew or Bundaberg’s Ginger Beer are even better.

I tried making my own ginger ale after finding a recipe at An Hour in the Kitchen and I had whey leftover from making cheese. Then I tried a ginger beer recipe from a Caribbean cookbook I found at the library. Waiting for the proper chemical reactions to take place wasn’t my favorite, so I started experimenting.

I came up with something I call ginger-ade. It’s not ginger ale, ginger beer or ginger juice, but a very flavorful ginger drink. It’s ginger-infused water, mixed with honey and other fruit juices. And you don’t have to wait a few days for the mixture to ferment. (If you want bubbles though, add soda water.)

The recipe can be tweaked depending on your tastes and what you have on hand. I’ve made versions with orange juice, limeade and pineapple juice. However you do it, the result is a tangy, refreshing drink that’s a mix of citrus, spice and ginger. And it makes your stomach feel amazing.

Also see: Ginger Berry Ice Cream



Ginger-ade

Original recipe

  • 1/2 cup sliced ginger (buy a big knob of fresh ginger, peel and slice about 1/4 inch thick)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (save the other half of orange for slicing and serving with the drink)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove (better to leave out this ingredient than substitute ground cloves)

Peel and slice ginger. Add ginger and water to a small pot, and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and add cinnamon stick and clove. Allow flavors to come together for 20-30 minutes on low. Stir in honey so it dissolves. Taste to see if the ginger is infused enough.

Take off heat. Add pineapple, lime and orange juice. Pour mixture through fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Allow to cool completely, then serve over ice with an orange slice.

Ginger Simple Syrup

If you’re looking for something more to do with the ginger, you can make a simple syrup to add to hot or iced tea, lemonade or cocktails. Put the ginger slices and a cup of water in the pot and put it back on medium high heat. Add a cup of sugar and stir to dissolve. When the syrup comes together, turn off heat, allow ginger to infuse the syrup for 15 minutes or more, then take the ginger slices out and store syrup in the fridge for a week or two, maybe more.

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8 Responses to “Ginger-ade”

  1. Jessica@FoodMayhem

    I’m not a soda drinker but do occasionally want ginger ale, so I too wanted to make something natural and then did not want to wait for it to develop its bubbles.

  2. Ayelet

    Ooooo, that looks delicious.

  3. Laurel

    After you’ve made the simple syrup do you dry out the ginger slices for crystallized ginger? I love it three different ways to use ginger. It and garlic are my favorite things in the world.

  4. kara

    Sounds delish! I’ll give it a try!

  5. Cyndy

    You would LOVE Maine Root Ginger Beer. I can find it at Cost Plus World Markets and Whole Foods.

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  7. Tanya

    Very refreshing. Reminds me of a drink we had last year when we were in Hawaii called Hawaiian Gingerade made by a local company. Best ginger lemonade we’ve ever had!

  8. Toney Vanis

    Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740.,

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