Binary weapon

On the right, an ISI soda siphon, on the left, homemade ginger syrup. Together, a killer combination.

I like ginger. A lot. And I want to feel the kick. Most American ginger ale is wimpy stuff. Overly sugary and not enough ginger to make you bat an eyelash. There are exceptions: Blenheim’s Old #3 (red cap), and from the UK Fentiman’s Traditional.

While these two are quite nice, they’re often hard to find and also on the pricey side. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own ginger ale if you have a soda siphon or other source of carbonated water. (You can also carbonate it the old-fashioned way, by fermentation, which I’ve done as well, but since I’ve got the soda water, this is simplest.)

Presented for your enjoyment, therefore, is my personal recipe.

7 oz fresh ginger
2 t. dried ginger
1/4 t. nutmeg
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 lime*
6 T. lemon juice

Quarter the lime and break up the ginger into pieces. (No need to peel it.) Chop together in food processor into a fine mash. Pour the mash into a saucepan and add sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg and powered ginger. Allow to cool and refrigerate. Serve with 1 part syrup to 3 parts soda water.

* It’s come to my attention that some lime rinds can be rather bitter. My first two were fine, but the third was somewhat unpleasant. If you’re concerned, substitute 2T lime juice.


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