Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Hot! Whatcha Got? Ginger Syrup for Ginger Ale!

I am not a fan of cokes. OK, stop. Right there. They're "cokes". They're ALL "cokes". They're not "sodas", they're not "pops" they're not "soft drinks". They're cokes. At least while I'm in charge of this post, and since I'm looking around at the room and I appear to be alone here with two comatose dogs, I win. (They don't care what it's called. If it doesn't smell like rotten hell on a cracker, they're not interested.)

So anyway, I'm not a fan of cokes. Mostly I drink seltzer. With the notable exception of ginger ale, about which I'm really picky. It has to be dry and really fizzy, and I prefer it hot - ginger hot. Where it kind of tickles your nose and makes you go "phoo!"

When I ran across this recipe for ginger syrup and ginger ale in Imbibe magazine a year or so ago, I knew I'd hit the ginger ale jackpot. Oooo, yes, I did! And since summer is more or less here, I'm sharing the loot. Here's a .pdf copy of the recipe for printing.

Now, technically, this is cheating ginger ale. It's not brewed and bottled. It's just a concentrated ginger syrup that you mix with seltzer. But MAN, it's refreshing! And easy easy easy!

Put 2 cups of sugar in a large saucepan.

Add 6 cups of water.

Roughly chop 2 cups of ginger.

No, not THAT Ginger.

THIS Ginger.

Don't fool with peeling it.

Then dump it in the food processor.

Chop it fine.

Add the ginger to the water and sugar.

Put that on the stove and bring it to a boil, then turn it down to simmer. Simmer it for an hour, then strain it to remove the ginger goop.

You'll want to mash down on it to get all the syrup out.

Put it in a bottle, take a terrible picture of it, and stick it in the fridge.

My photography is a complete and utter disgrace.

Then, when it's cool, and whenever you're thirsting for something spicy and fizzy and excellent, pull it out of the fridge. Get a glass of ice, and fill it about 2/3 full of seltzer or club soda, then top the remaining third with ginger syrup. You can add a squirt of lime juice if you like. Then stir it and drink up! Warning: Little people don't think this is "all that". It tends to be a little hot for most of them.

Now in case it hasn't occurred to you, there are other ways you can use this ginger syrup. It's a perfect partner for rum, of course, which makes it excellent in Dark 'N Stormies. It's also great on ice cream with chopped pineapple and a little toasted coconut. Use your imagination and you can use up the bottle in no time.


Maggy@ThreeManyCooks said...

This sounds so delicious and refreshing. I just might have to make it this weekend. But is it wrong that I'm wondering what kind of alcohol I could add to the seltzer/ginger syrup mix?

Andie Reid said...

I hear rum works really well with it... Oh, who am I kidding. Rum is DELICIOUS with it!

Twining Vine Designs said...

Oooh, that looks great! And with 2 cups (!!!) of ginger, it's going to be hot.

DH would love this.

I do something similar with lemons(juice and zest and syrup) and keep it in the fridge for those hot summer days. A combo of the lemon and ginger syrups would be great!

Anonymous said...

Now, back in the day, I'd be havin' me some Dark & Stormies till I was Stark & Dormy . . . yum yum!

Andie Reid said...

That Anonymous is Pootie. Who said "I refuse to go to war with that thing over logging in." (He can't remember his password.) Leigh, I like to keep lime or lemon syrup in the fridge in the summer as well. Mixed with a muddled mint sprig and seltzer, it's so good. And you can control the amount of sugar you're getting better.

Pam Anderson said...

I love that I wasn't the only person who was taught to call all soft drinks "coke."

Maggy and I are together on Monday. I'm afraid we're gonna have to make this... and develop a special Memorial Day cocktail.

If so, I'll let you know what we come up with.

Andie Reid said...

Oh, please do, Pam! And then I'll be happy to test-drive that cocktail here at home! :)