Make your own Ginger Ale.

Last month as my summer seasonal job had finished I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I was in need of a project to fill out my days. And so, I stumbled over an article on homemade ginger ale, which featured a recipe from Karolina Jönsson who writes the marvelous Swedish blog Det Gröna Skafferiet.

This is something that I have been wanting to try for quite some time; especially as Ginger Ale really is one of my favourite bevvies. As it turns out making your own is easy peasy, all it takes is a grater and about a week's worth of patience - I imagine it being a little like starting a sourdough project.

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Homemade Ginger Ale

Recipe is a courtesy, and translation, of Karolina Jönsson's version.

Ginger Ale

  • 5 cm fresh grated ginger
  • 1½ dl caster sugar (0.6 cup)
  • 2-3 tbsp muscovado sugar or dark syrup
  • 1½ dl (0.6 cup)
  • 2 litres water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 dl carbonation culture
  1. Combine ginger, sugar and syrup with 5 dl of the water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil, then let simmer for about 5 minutes. Making sure the sugar disolves.
  3. Remove pot from heat and add the remaining water. Leave to cool down to room temperature.
  4. Pour the remains into a mason jar. Add lemon juice, salt and carbonation culture. Give a quick stir, seal and leave to set in room temperature until carbohydrated. This will take anything from 2-5 days, depending on the heat and how 'alert' your culture is.
  5. Once finished, store in fridge and strain before serving.

Carbonation Culture Starter

  • Ginger
  • Sugar
  • Water
  1. Peel most of a 2-3 piece of ginger clean, before grating.
  2. Place in a clean, airproof jar with an equal amount of sugar (2-3 tbsp)
  3. Add 5 dl (~2.1 cup).
  4. Stir to combine using a non-metallic spoon.

    Keep adding one tablespoon each of ginger and sugar to the mixture every day, and give it a good a stir, for roughly five. At that stage, it should have leavened and bubbles started to appear. That is how you know the mix is ready to carbohydrate drinks!
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