You can make a 2-liter bottle of fresh ginger ale straight from the ginger as long as you have the right ingredients.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Yields: Makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup (enough for 4 to 6 drinks)
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled ginger (7 ounces)
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
About 1 quart chilled seltzer or club soda
About 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1Cook ginger in water in a small saucepan at a low simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, 20 minutes.
2Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on ginger and then discarding. Return liquid to saucepan and add sugar and a pinch of salt, then heat over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Chill syrup in a covered jar until cold.
1Mix ginger syrup with seltzer and lime juice (start with 1/4 cup syrup and 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice per 3/4 cup seltzer, then adjust to taste).