Ginger Ale

Ginger Ale

This is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten recipe. Essentially you are making the syrup (somewhat concentrated) and then adding it to soda water (club soda).

1lb fresh Ginger- unpeeled, cubed
2 stalks lemongrass- trimmed, chopped
2 small chilis- stems removed
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Quart Water
Club Soda

Take the ginger, lemongrass, and chilis and process down until minced. Put them in a pot along with the quart of water and all of the sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. At that point, remove from heat and then strain out the liquid. This is then placed in the refrigerator until chilled. You then take a glass of ice, pour in 1/4 cup of the syrup and then fill the rest with club soda. Lime slices are optional.

For my mixture, I cut down to 1 pepper, still had a nice spice to it. Also tastes very good with little bit of rum added (I used a single barrel non-spiced rum).

Enjoy

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4 thoughts on “Ginger Ale

    • No problem. At some point I’m thinking of trying a few smaller batches and possibly using some fresh fruits and trying to flavor that way. I’ve had commercial brands which do like the cranberry or raspberry but they are always so sweet. Doing it this way with the actual fruit should give more of the fruit flavor not just the sweetness.

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