If the only ginger ale you’ve ever had is Canada Dry, then you’re missing out. Ginger ale was always one of those drinks I thought had one solitary purpose and that was to calm an upset stomach. That is, until I had a homemade ginger ale at a local spot where my husband and I go to get burritos, and it completely changed my perception of it.
If you’re skeptical because you can’t get the taste of canned ginger ale out of your head, I understand completely, but I’m telling you, this is so easy and cheap to make, you have to try it once and let me attempt to change your mind. My husband loves this homemade ginger ale so much, and I (who as I’ve said before, am pretty content with coffee and water as my only beverages) actually love it too.
Now if you just want to try homemade ginger ale by itself, simply follow the recipe without the lime and jalapeno. I wanted to brighten traditional ginger ale to make it more of a summer barbecue drink, almost like a cocktail. So I created a Jalapeno and Lime Homemade Ginger Ale. It has all of the amazing flavor of homemade ginger ale with citrus and just a tad of spice added in. Don’t be intimidated about having a drink with jalapeno because it really isn’t very strong unless you want it to be, and I’ll tell you how to control that.
Begin by adding your sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium to high heat. Add your fresh ginger, lime juice, and lime zest. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often.
Once it comes to the boil, turn off the heat and allow the syrup mixture (the sugar will have dissolved at this point) to cool in the saucepan. Once the mixture has cooled, pour it into a bowl through a strainer so that it is just a clear syrup (and all of the ginger and lime zest pieces are separated).
Add your jalapeno slices to the syrup so that they can infuse in the syrup. For a spicier syrup, leave some of the seeds and white membrane in the center of the jalapeno slices. For a more mellow jalapeno flavor, take the seeds and membrane out.
Allow the jalapeno to infuse in the syrup for at least 2 hours before making a drink. The longer you allow it to sit in the syrup though, the more flavor you will have, so I suggest longer if you have the time.
To make a soda, mix 3-4 tablespoons of syrup (more or less depending on your preference and the size of the glass) with soda or seltzer water and ice. Garnish with lime and jalapeno.
This is a great drink to have at a summer barbecue. You can have the syrup and seltzer water out so guests can make their own drinks (along with my Blackberry, Lime, and Mint Syrup), and you can even give adults the option to spike it.
Have an awesome rest of your weekend, and let me know when you try this!
Jalapeno and Lime Ginger Ale
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 2-3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
Juice of half a lime
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 jalapeno, sliced
1. Add sugar and water to saucepan over medium to high heat. Add ginger, lime juice, and lime zest. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
2. Once to a boil, turn off heat, and allow mixture to cool in saucepan.
3. Pour through a strainer into a bowl to separate ginger and lime zest pieces.
4. Put jalapeno slices into the bowl of syrup (Add more seeds and membrane for a spicier drink. Take out seeds and membrane for a more subtle spice/flavor). Allow jalapeno to infuse for at least two hours (longer for more flavor).
5. To make drink, mix 3-4 tablespoons of syrup (depending on preference and size of glass), soda or seltzer water, and ice to a glass. Taste and adjust syrup to your liking. It’s better to start with less and add more. Garnish with a lime and jalapeno slices.