Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer Sipping

The Minnesota multitype directors met earlier this week in St. Paul. Several of us met the evening before the quarterly meeting for dinner and conversation at the Big Bowl in the Rosedale mall. We enjoyed some great food as well as some very good homemade ginger ale. The last time we met there, I enjoyed the ginger ale (even though it wasn't Vernor's) so much that I went home and looked for a recipe to make it myself. I told the group about it this week and they expressed interest in having the recipe shared with them since it turned out to be so simple.

So here it is:

Simple Syrup for Ginger Ale

3/4 cup sliced ginger (no need to peel it)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Sparkling water and ice to taste
Lemon or lime for garnish

Combine the ginger, water, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to
a boil over moderate heat. Lower the heat, simmer for 10 minutes,
then let cool to room temperature. Strain and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. To serve, put ginger syrup to taste (about 2 Tbs
per serving) in a glass and add sparkling water and ice. Garnish
with lemon or lime slices. Makes about 16 servings.

I've absentmindedly reversed the sugar and water measurements and that turned out fine as well, so if you wanted to decrease the amount of sugar in your homemade drink you could use 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of water; it isn't quite as syrupy, but it still makes an excellent sipping drink even if it isn't Vernor's.

If you don't know what Vernor's is, you didn't grow up in Michigan. I even found a photo on Flickr.


Ann WS said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will try it. And we aren't from Michigan, but we have a 12 pack of Vernor's at home right now. Guess it migrated to Ohio, where we learned to love it, too.

Linda said...

You can also use it as a cold remedy by making the equivalent of a quart of ginger ale, adding a sliced lemon (peel and all) and simmering that mixture for about 20 minutes. Drink a cup or so of it warm. I pour the rest into a container and refrigerate and heat by the cup in a microwave. It does help with coughing and I'm sure the Vitamin C from the lemon as well as the lemon oil from the peel is good for you. Best of all it tastes good!

Nancy Steele said...

I also found it in Cleveland, Ohio growing up. I think it is an Eastern thing. I think,also it was in New York Cty deli's.