My all time favorite soda has always been ginger-ale or even better ginger-beer. When I was younger I liked it because it was just something different than your average soda. As I have gotten older I've become a bit of a ginger-beer snob. The stronger and more muddy the better. I love it!
On a recent trip to Brooklyn I noticed many people making their own non-alcoholic drinks and blends. My friends I stayed with seemed to have a new concoction every night. I couldn't wait to get home and try my hand at making my very own ginger syrup. To my surprise, it's amazing!
This recipe is easy to make, only three ingredients, and I mostly use it to mix in with some carbonated water during the day (the finer the bubbles the better for me). The best part is that you can tailor you drink to you liking. I like a strong and spicy ginger beverage so I use several teaspoons of ginger syrup in a drink, you might like it a little less gingery. Which ever way you like it, here is a great recipe!
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup grated fresh ginger root
Bring all of your ingredients together to a boil in a small sauce pan.
Reduce heat and let simmer for an additional 20 to 30 minutes (liquid reduce to a syrup-like consistency).
Strain once or twice through a fine mesh strainer.
Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
*GINGER SYRUP USES: tea, soda, salad dressings, marinades, on fruit, on pancakes, and more. For soda I used about 5 teaspoons for 12oz carbonated water. For hot tea I use about 2 teaspoons per 8oz. cup of tea.