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Monday, 8 November 2010

Homemade Ginger Ale

I never knew one could make ginger ale at home, not after I read a post at Ping's Picking. Since I have all ingredients on hand, I set out to make it. Capt'n Hook asked me what am I doing and when I told him, he gave me a cynical smile! To rub in more salt, he mentioned how manufacturer used up millions in research to perfect the recipe and here I am brewing my own ginger ale at home! Hrrrmmpphhh...

Not to be defeated I continued following the recipe and tips diligently. After 2 days of fermentation and another day in the fridge, surprise surprise... I have one of the most delicious ginger ale in my glass! It's not sickly sweet as the commercial kind and the right ginger flavour for me. Capt'n Hook kept his mouth shut by drinking glasses of these :D

Homemade Ginger Ale

I've tweaked Ping's recipe a little and do check her original recipe and also another flavoured with lemongrass!

What I did was boil 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water (the basic syrup) together with 2.5 tbsp grated young ginger and 1.5 tbsp grated old ginger. You can adjust the ginger amount according to your liking. Once sugar is all dissolved, turn off fire and cool.

Strain the syrup and mix in juice from 1 lemon, 7 cups of cooled boiled water/filtered water and 1/4 tsp yeast. Mix thoroughly and pour mixture into plastic bottle. Those cleaned soda water bottles would be good and do not use glass as when fermentation occurs, gas will form and cause expansion which might cause glass bottle to explode. This mixture yielded one 1.5 litre bottle and another small 300ml bottle. Ping had mentioned she used a 2 litres bottle.

Screw on the cap tighly and let the bottle sit in a cool area at room temperature for 2-3 days. By then the concoction will be carbonated and you can store them in the fridge thereafter. Wooohoo you can start drinking your homemade ginger ale.

The glass shown in the picture is the top layer and looked clear which Capt'n Hook said it's not sweet enough and pretty mild. There is residue sitting at the bottom of the bottle so what I did was shake it a little and the concoction fires up. This one is cloudy looking like ginger beer.

So it doesn't cost millions to make your own ginger ale ;-) after all...


J said...

Wah! Cool - home made fizzy drinks? That makes it a lot healthier than the ones outside, right? :)

Kenny Mah said...

Coolness! I am so gonna make... Devil make this for me at home! *cackles evilly*

3 hungry tummies said...

Haha you are even making your own ginger ale..great job! Thanks for all your amazing posts for MMM. Big kisses!

ping said...

Hey, I'm so glad you tried this and liked it! I too think the commercial ones are far too sickly sweet.

Pureglutton said...

Hmm...looks pretty easy hoh? Must try one of these days!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, well done. I never thought of making my own ginger ale.

tigerfish said...

Homemade ginger ale?! What a cool idea. And you better it with lemongrass :)

Babe_KL said...

Yes J cos it was less sweeter, plus no colouring nor preservatives.

LOL Kenny, dats really evil which makes me wonder who is the real devil!

Thank you 3 Hungry Tummies. Hopefully I could participate this month!

Thanks Ping for the recipe and tips! Will try lemongrass version next! Maybe pandan too :p

PureGlutton, yes, this is like ABC for you :p

LCOM, me too until I read it, I guess reading blogs do helps a lot in our cooking adventure!

Babe_KL said...

Tigerfish, hehe yeah and I think I want to try with pandan too!

Unknown said...

must be really refreshing hor :)

Have a lovely weekend!
jen @

rokh said...

so much work wo...can i come over to drink instead? :P

Babe_KL said...

yes Jen, would you try making them?

LOL rokh is a lazy bum!