COCKTAILS + wine, FOOD + DRINK | May 20, 2009

Homemade Ginger Ale and a Cocktail recipe for my Gastronomic Wednesday

homemade ginger ale recipes

I told you last week about the importance of using freshly squeezed juice when making a cocktail. This week, I am going further and I propose you make your own ginger ale. Do not worry; it is simpler than it sounds.

Creating a homemade ginger ale starts by making a ginger syrup. You add either seltzer done with the old-fashioned bottle process, soda water or mineral water to produce a home version of a ginger soda pop. Beware that it will not replicate the taste of the commercial ginger ale. In fact, you can plan a tasting session at your party to see which ones your friends prefer.

Making your own ginger ale is not a new idea; it is just that it is now fashionable with bars in the United States charging $6-$7 for a glass, from what I read on the New York Times. There is a recipe on the NY Times. But to give you options, I scoured three recipes that seem worthy of a trial. I am curious to know which one you prefer.

Serving ginger ale is handy at a party; it used to balance many cocktails. For people who do not drink, the custom is to fill their Champagne flute with ginger ale at formal events. Keeping with that spirit, I propose you a summer cocktail recipe where you can simply omit the gin and get a non-alcoholic beverage.

Ginger Ale, Mint and Gin – Drink Recipe from Bombay Sapphire

  1. Squeeze 6 mint leaves between your hands to release their flavors. Avoid option is to lightly mash the leaves inside a highball glass.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of your favorite gin and 3 oz of ginger ale
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  4. Mix well to infuse the drink with the mint flavor
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig

This is a really refreshing drink; it is perfect to enjoy on a sunny terrace.

MORE:
+ images from EatMakeRead and Mr. Peacock
+ Ginger Ale Without the Can by Micheline Maynard for the NY Times

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3 Responses to “Homemade Ginger Ale and a Cocktail recipe for my Gastronomic Wednesday”

  1. 1 Jaime said:

    I’m drinking my first glass of the Mr. Peacock’s recipe right now. It is good, but next time I’ll double (at least) the amount of ginger in the syrup. I’m looking for that super strong ginger flavor.

  2. 2 At Home with Kim Vallee (@KimVallee) said:

    Jaime: Glad to know. I am also partial to a noticeable ginger taste.

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