Homemade Ginger Ale

You know, it's funny, up until a few weeks ago, I had never had ginger ale. But one Sunday my husband had made a batch of fresh ginger syrup and mentioned using some of it to make ginger ale. Ginger ale?... really? Does anyone drink it? Or... am I just the only one that never has?! 

We've been on a ginger beer kick, making our own often. But ginger ale is so much faster and easier - no waiting involved! And if you love flavored sparkling water and you love ginger, this is your drink. I love both, so it's safe to say I love making this ! 

Homemade Ginger Ale

  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup fresh ginger syrup (recipe below)

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • 4 cups unflavored sparkling water


  1. In a large pitcher, combine 1/8 cup ginger syrup, lemon juice and sparkling water. The amount of ginger syrup depends on how strong you want it. Stir, taste it and add a tablespoon more syrup at a time - adding up to 1/8 cup more ginger syrup (making 1/4 cup total)

  2. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Ginger Syrup

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • knob of ginger root (size of your thumb, sliced)


  1. Slice the ginger. You don't have to peel it, but you can. My husband prefers to leave the skin on for a golden-colored syrup. The more ginger you use, the stronger the syrup will be.

  2. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, until sugar dissolves. Add ginger and let simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool you can strain and pour into a jar or any type of air-tight container and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep for a few weeks.


Sadly this won't keep longer than a day or so in the fridge since the water will lose it's carbonation. So, you can make a smaller batch and do 2 cups of sparkling water. I still use 1 whole lemon and then add ginger syrup to taste.