Homemade Ginger Ale

A few weeks ago, I got together with a few other food bloggers for lunch at a terrific diner – Canteen in San Francisco. Lunch was fabulous, truly. Make your way there if you get a chance. One menu item that struck my fancy was homemade ginger ale, which they made fresh to order. After lunch, on my way out the door, I stopped the waitress to ask how they made it. She gave me a general idea, which I have attempted to recreate in the steps shown here. The Canteen version includes a little touch of ground clove and cardamon if I recall correctly. I didn’t add those spices, without them the ginger ale still turned out just great. It’s quite easy to make. You may need to adjust the proportions depending on how intense or sweet you want your drink.

Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes four servings.


Ginger water

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Club soda
  • Lime juice
  • Lime wedges


1 Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add ginger. Reduce heat to medium low and let ginger sit in the simmering water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Discard ginger pieces.

2 In a separate saucepan, make the Simple Syrup by dissolving 1 cup granulated sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside.

3 Make individual (tall) glasses of ginger ale by mixing 1/2 cup of ginger water with 1/3 cup of Simple Syrup and 1/2 cup of club soda. Add a few drops of fresh lime juice and a lime wedge to each glass.

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Sam, Heidi, Jen, Shuna, and Elise with glasses of gingerale at the Canteen

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  • Carol

    ~~Oh, THANK YOU for this recipe! Ginger Ale is a GREAT way to cope with colds and flu viruses, to calm an upset tummy….for both adults and children.
    In our region, it is not easy to ride out at night to find a store open that carries it, so will be stocking our pantry with plenty of these ingredients.

  • Nic

    I’ve been wanting to try this myself for a while now. I love gingerale.
    And that’s a great photo, by the way, Elise.

  • Bea

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I am also a big fan of “anything homemade that you can possibly do”. For such drinks, we tend to take shortcuts, but nothing beats a homemade drink, really. What club soda would you recommend?

  • sam

    Hi Elise.
    Funny – I tried making it 2 weeks ago too- I used a recipe in Donna Hay (I think). In that recipe the ginger was cooked together with the sugar syrup and I don’t think it worked very well. I bought a load of ginger to try again so next time I will try your recipe instead.

    Thanks for keeping the piccy small enough that no one can make out my wrinkles!

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