Growing up I considered ginger ale a special occasion drink, reserved for plane rides and holidays. And as a grown up, who tries to live a healthy lifestyle, I still consider it a special occasion drink. Or a when I’m sick drink, which isn’t a special occasion, but is as rare as one.
Last month I spent a long weekend in Portland visiting my best friend, Jessica. You may remember my last visit, where I had a whirlwind 36 hour foodie experience. This trip wasn’t much longer, and it also involved many culinary delights.
One favorite was the house made ginger ale at Cassidy’s. We had a late dinner at Cassidy’s Saturday evening, and I was very happy to go again the following night – the ginger ale is out of this world. So, of course, when I returned home I immediately recreated this corn syrup-free drink.
Homemade ginger ale
6 oz fresh ginger (don’t bother peeling)
2 cups filtered water
2 cups granulated sugar
In food processor or blender grind ginger until it forms a paste like substance. Meanwhile, mix water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Pour water/sugar mix and ginger into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and leave for an hour to an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Pour through a strainer and store in the fridge in an air tight container.
When cooled, stir 2-3 tablespoons with carbonated water and enjoy.
What is your favorite “reserved for special occasions” drink?