All I want for Christmas is a CO2 machine.
Sure, it’s only October, and I should be bringing you pumpkin flavored everything, but I’m thinking outside the box, getting excited about Christmas – can’t wait to visit my fam – and reading this month’s Bon Appetit. Thanks to them we have this perfect for any season, occasion, time of day surplalicious drink.
Homemade ginger ale is where it’s at!
No joke, this recipe is super easy and a definite repeat offender in our home – btw, I’ve only had the recipe a week.
As a total anti-soda-ite, I find club soda perfectly acceptable. Seltzer water, sparkling mineral water, sparkling water, they’re all the same to me. Is there even a difference? Don’t matter what you get, as long as it has bubbles. BUBBLES! None of that sin-gas stuff, get the gas!
Oh yeah, I’m gonna have to say fresh mint and ginger are a must too, not sure if powdered would be the same. The recipe calls for about half the amount you get at Trader Joe’s for under $2 and I pretty much guarantee leftovers, so don’t worry about getting a bunch of fresh ginger and only using an inch.
Do worry about finding a big jug that has a seal-able lid. This mega Ball jar did not have a lid, but seeing as how we finished it within hours, the bubbles stuck around. You could be super cool and bottle it, take it to work and have a blind taste test vs. the vending machine ginger ale, see who wins. I think everyone would win because ginger ale is so good. I don’t even consider it soda, as an actual anti-soda-ite, even though I’m pretty sure I only ever find it in the soda aisle.
But now that I can make it at home, I don’t ever have to feel bad about drinking it again! Love when I make rules like that.
Refresh yo-self with some homemade ginger ale and know you’re getting something good.
Homemade Ginger Ale
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1/2 c. raw sugar
- 1/2 c. fresh ginger slices, peeled
- 1/2 c. filtered water
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- 5-6 c. club soda
Add first 3 ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a bubble (~7 mins) over medium heat, stirring occasionally, let simmer for an additional 8 minutes, then turn off heat and set aside.
After about 2-3 minutes, strain into serving pitcher.
Let cool about 5 minutes, then add the mint leaves. Let cool completely, then add club soda, ice and serve.
Garnish with strained ginger slices, optional.