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Homemade Ginger Ale

Homemade ginger ale isn't as tricky as you'd think! You can perfect your tang and sweetness levels.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword ginger ale recipe, homemade ginger ale, how to make ginger ale
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Janet Barton


  • 2 cups peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large bottle of sparkling water
  • fresh limes
  • fresh mint leaves


To make the Ginger syrup:

  1. In a medium-size saucepan, heat the water and ginger until it reaches a low simmer.  Simmer for five minutes.  Remove from the heat and cover.  Let stand for 1 hour.

  2. After one hour, drain the juices through a fine mesh strainer.  Discard the ginger pieces.  Let cool then place in a jar and refrigerate.

To make the Ginger Ale:

  1. In a tall glass, add 1 part lime juice (about 1/2 lime per glass), 2 parts ginger syrup, and 3 parts sparkling water.  Stir to combine the liquids.  Fill glass with ice.  If desired, add fresh mint.

  2. Adjust to your liking.  I always end up adding more lime juice.