Homemade Ginger Ale
If you’re a real ginger ale aficionado, you might want to try making your own ginger ale at home to have more control over the flavor that you personally prefer. Homemade ginger ale can give you a great alternative to buying the expensive microbrewery ginger ale or settling for the bland, repetitive nature of grocery store-bought versions of the drink.
There are a few good articles on the web about how to make your own ginger ale, and I thought I would list them here. Don’t forget that you can usually vary the recipe to your taste, which is the advantage of making it at home. Some ingredient modifications might include lemon (where the recipe hasn’t already called for it–some of them have), fruit juice, green tea, more or less sugar to taste, and others that you might think of.
Anyway, here are the recipes:
This method is an article by a Professor of Biology and Chemistry. It includes a lot of helpful photos, step-by-step, and has been posted since June of 2000 and made it to the top of Google’s search page for ‘Homemade Ginger Ale” so you know it has to be a good recipe.
A different way of making the ale, by Adam Roberts. Basically, the author has a method of making a sort of “base” for the ginger ale, which is mixed and boiled to a concentrate. It is then chilled in a refrigerator, and mixed with soda water. This is a different method than the fermentation method often used, but is useful if you don’t want to wait for fermentation to occur to drink your beverage. The author has been good enough to include photos of the process to show you the reader how the process works.
Another fermentation-based ginger ale, this will take longer to make than Adam Roberts’ method. There are no photos included for the different steps, but it is a fairly straightforward recipe and has gotten high reviews from those who have tried it.
Here’s a good ginger ale recipe from the famous fusion chef, Ming Tsai. Chef Tsai uses the same non-fermentation style as the recipe by Adam Roberts above, which is to make a concentrate and then mix it with soda water rather than waiting for a mixture to ferment. What makes this recipe interesting is that there is also a ginger candy that one can make at the same time as the ginger ale.
Another useful recipe, posted on About.com. It also uses a concentrate mixed with club soda method of preparation.