Ginger Ale Recipe

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This Ginger Ale Recipe is a natural version of a classic soda! A homemade simple syrup with real ginger is mixed together with club soda or seltzer water, and any additional sweeteners of your choice. This refreshing and spicy homemade drink recipe is made with simple ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare. 

Lemon slices on a glass of ginger ale.

Homemade Ginger Ale with Ginger Simple Syrup

Craving a glass of ginger ale? This homemade Ginger Ale Recipe is the perfect way to satisfy that craving. 

This refreshing drink has the perfect amount of carbonation and the perfect ginger flavoring. It’s an easy recipe that features fresh ginger root made into a homemade simple syrup mixed together with cold club soda or soda water to create a delicious homemade soft drink.

Plus, you can customize the amount of ginger to make this soda just for you.

Garnish with a lime wedge and sip away. You’ll never drink store-bought sodas again! 

What Are the Ingredients In Ginger Ale?

  • Ginger Syrup: To give our homemade soda it’s ginger flavor, we’re using a homemade ginger simple syrup made with both fresh ginger pieces and ground ginger for a delicious and strong ginger flavor.
  • Club Soda: If you don’t have club soda, seltzer water or carbonated water.
  • Optional Sweetener: If your sweet tooth is extra strong, you can add in another sweetener to kick the sweetness up a notch. Try plain simple syrup or even maple syrup for a warm flavor twist.  
Ingredients used in homemade ginger ale.

How to Make Your Own Ginger Ale

This easy homemade ginger ale recipe is so much better than the store-bought stuff. It’s satisfying and refreshing, and takes just a few minutes to make! 

Scroll to the recipe card below for the full instructions and ingredient amounts. 

  1. Add ice to your serving glasses, then pour in ½ ounce of the homemade ginger syrup. 
  2. Top with 8 ounces of club soda, then add additional sweetener if desired. Stir to combine, then enjoy!
Ginger simple syrup being poured over ice.
Club soda being added to a glass of ginger simple syrup.

How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup

In lieu of artificial sweetener, we’re whipping up a super quick and tasty ginger syrup—no high-fructose corn syrup here! 

Here’s a quick run-down of my ginger syrup recipe! For more detailed instructions, check out the full post. 

  1. Place chopped ginger into a food processor and process until finely chopped. In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then remove from the heat and stir in chopped and ground ginger. 
  2. Cool completely, transfer to a sealable container, and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. 
  3. Pour the ginger mixture through a strainer lined with cheesecloth, then squeeze excess syrup out into a container. Stir in fresh lemon juice, then enjoy as desired! 

Tips and Notes

  • Not serving right away? Wait to pour everything over ice so as not to water it down. Simply mix everything up, store it in the fridge, then pour over ice when you’re ready to serve. Keep in mind that the carbonation will flatten the longer it sits. This soda is best enjoyed fresh.
  • Make a big batch. Serving a crowd? Double or triple the recipe, mix it up in a big pitcher, then pour over ice in individual serving glasses.

Variations

Lemon and ginger soda in glasses.

Storage

Leftover ginger ale can be stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Keep in mind that the longer the homemade drink sits, then more it will lose its fizzy carbonation. It’s best to leave the drink components separate, then mix everything up just prior to serving. 

Leftover ginger simple syrup will last in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Is Homemade Ginger Ale Good For You?

While homemade ginger ale is still a sweetened soda, it’s definitely way better for you than store-bought ginger ales. 

This homemade soda is sweetened using a made-from-scratch simple syrup that consists of fresh ginger, sugar, water, ground ginger, and lemon juice. There are no additives and no high fructose corn syrup.

So, although soda is soda, this is definitely a better option than store bought! 

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Side view of a glass of spicy ginger ale.

Ginger Ale Recipe

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • Ice, for filling the glasses
  • 1 to 2 ounces ginger simple syrup, or adjust to taste
  • 16 ounces club soda, or seltzer water
  • Sweetener of choice, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add ice to glasses. Pour in ½ ounce of ginger simple syrup and 8 ounces of club soda in each glass.
    Ice
  • Add sweetener if desired, and stir to combine.
  • Stir to combine and enjoy!
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (9-10 ounce) drink. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Prep time assumes that the ginger simple syrup is pre-made. If it isn’t, the prep time will be considerably longer.
*This recipe makes a spicy version of homemade ginger ale. It’s quite potent and stout, so we recommend starting with less ginger simple syrup and adding more if desired. 
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