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DIY: Homemade Ginger Syrup to make Ginger Ale
March 17, 2014 / About 2 cups syrup / / Print /
Ginger Ale is a wonderful drink and it’s used as a base for so many fantastic cocktails. Vernor’s Ginger Ale is about the only thing I’ve found with enough ginger flavor but it’s very, very sweet. With the recipe below I can make my own ginger syrup to use in my Sodastream and control the ginger flavor and the sweetness.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup palm sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 cups water
4 oz peeled and sliced ginger (about 6-7 oz whole fresh ginger)
2 tsp cardamom pods
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp peppercorns
3 ea. star anise pods
In a small pot, combine the sugars with the water and add the peeled and sliced ginger. If you have it use palm sugar, but you can also use 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white .
Toast the whole spices in a saute pan until they just begin to brown and become fragrant. Add them to the sugar and water mixture and bring it to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes and then turn off the heat.
Allow to steep until cool. At this point you can strain it into a clean container and store it in the refrigerator. Chill.
Start with 2 Tbsp of syrup with 12 oz soda water and some ice. Adjust the amount of syrup to your liking.Adapted from and thanks to FormerChef.com