Homemade Ginger Ale


Several years, I got together with a few other food bloggers for lunch at a terrific diner (now closed Canteen) in San Francisco. Lunch was fabulous, truly. 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 included 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.

Post updated 2016.

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 Simmer ginger in water, strain: 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 Make simple syrup: In a separate saucepan, make the Simple Syrup by dissolving 1 cup granulated sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside.

3 Assemble: 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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  • Magic Simon

    I make my ginger drink without heating or adding any form of sugar, you actually ruined all of the health premoting properties by boiling it and then adding the sweetners. You may as well of just store bought Ginger Beer. Wash the ginger, along with some Lemon Grass, chop and put it through a Nutri Bullet with a little filtered water. Strain the pulp and repeat adding small amounts of fresh Ginger and Lemongrass to the mix. Once you have a couple of gallons of the stuff, Glass bottle it and leave it to stand for a week in a cupboard. serve over fresh lime with Soda or straight if you prefer. it’s not alcoholic but it does have mild relaxing properties (never worked out why) and is a natural antioxidant.

  • TamG

    Sorry to ask a stupid question, but why can’t I add the sugar directly to the boiling ginger mixture? And would it last in the frig longer if I did? Thanks for the recipe, just found your blog as I was searching for homemade ginger ale!

  • Pat Maragos

    Hi, I would like to try this recipe. Can I replace the regular syrup with maple syrup?

  • Cedric

    Nice recipe, I just tried it out. Just that I’m not that used to discard things easily… and instead of simply discarding the ginger pieces, I candied them.
    Just add sugar (slightly less than the remaining ginger), cover with water in a sauce pan and let it boil until the water disappear. Those small candied ginger pieces can be later used in cakes or ice creams for example.

  • Tim

    I had pulled this reciepe off the WikHow Site:


    (Good pictures on the site as well some may find helpful.)

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