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.
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.