DIY: Homemade Ginger Syrup to make Ginger Ale

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DIY Ginger Syrup for Ginger Ale
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.

DIY Ginger Syrup for Ginger AleStart with 2 Tbsp of syrup with 12 oz soda water and some ice. Adjust the amount of syrup to your liking.

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