Homemade Ginger Ale


Easy homemade ginger ale, with grated ginger, simple syrup, lime and club soda.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Several years ago, I got together with a few other food bloggers for lunch at a terrific diner 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 diner version included a little touch of ground clove and cardamom 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 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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Homemade Ginger Ale

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. TheodoraMiami

    Excellent! It is very refreshing. I peeled the ginger, cut it into thin slices, and then heat them up in a dry pot that I eventually boil the ginger in to release the oil from the ginger (this makes the flavor of the ginger even more intense.


  2. Thomas

    this is the best ever i love it

  3. frank

    I tried it with honey instead of sugar. I don’t have a sweet tooth so I took it easy with the honey & still found it sweet. I just added extra soda water & it was easy to find a better (not so sweet) taste. The extra soda water also helped dilute the ginger which I found a bit strong. I’m looking forward to making more. Thank you for the original recipe.

  4. Vera

    I have a cold, slt fever and sore throat and this really hit the spot, thanks! (During this Covid time I saved the once-used ginger in the fridge).

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  5. Steph

    Can you used dry dried ground ginger? If so, how much would you use for Ginger water?

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