I'm not a big soda drinker. I really dislike most coke/pepsi products. I love having root beer or cream soda every once in a while. And I love ginger ale. While I was visiting my sister in New York in the winter, I discovered green tea ginger ale. It was amazing. And I haven't been able to find it since! I have to say that a good substitute for it is just pure homemade ginger ale. I might try mixing in some green tea the next time I make it - see if I can make my own!
This ginger ale was so good, and tasted just like fresh ginger. It had a much stronger bite to it than the store-bought kind. I used the leftover ginger to make candied ginger. The recipe said to leave it out for a day or two, but I am unfortunately having some issues with fruit flies. So I left it in the fridge for several days and it worked just fine.
Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale and Candied Ginger (recipe from One Perfect Bite)
1 1/2 cups ginger, peeled and sliced thinly (a spoon works really well to peel)
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 cups water
1 quart club soda
1 lime, sliced in wedges
Combine ginger, 1 cup sugar and water in a saucepan. Simmer slowly for 2 hours, until sugar is dissolved and ginger is softened. Strain warm syrup and allow to cool. Save the ginger pieces to make candied ginger. To serve - take 1 part ginger syrup and 3 parts club soda, and squeeze some lime juice in the glass.
For the candied ginger - line a cookie sheet with wax/parchment paper. Place a cooling rack on top. Toss the ginger with 1/2 cup sugar and dry on rack for 1-2 days. (Can do this in the fridge if necessary, but it will take longer.) Store in an airtight container.
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