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If you can boil water, you can make your own ginger ale!   I bet that all you’d need to buy would be some fresh ginger and sparkling water, too.  My friend and I made some last night and it cost about $3.  If you go by the serving suggestion, that’s about 18 glasses of ginger ale for approximately 16 cents each!

And if that’s not enough to excite you, there isn’t any corn syrup or food coloring in this, plus you can control just how gingery you want it.

Take that, ___________!  (insert your favorite brand of ginger ale)

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Said friend forced me into getting a library card the other day while Hermine was blowing through.  The lights went out while we were perusing the cookbook section(!), but I managed to walk away with one of Mark Bittman’s giant books. He sure does have a lot to say!

The only recipe of his that I had tried was for his brownies.   Interestingly (or not), I found out about that recipe because the lead singer of one of my favorite bands had tweeted and/or blogged about how good it was.  I’ve made those things quite a few times, which says a lot for me.

Enough about brownies…  Now go make some super refreshing ginger ale!

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Fresh Ginger Ale
from The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman

This makes about 2 cups of syrup which can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Bittman suggests using it in stir-fries and also with rum…I might have to try both, you know, for science.

3/4 cup unpeeled fresh ginger, sliced
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

sparkling water

In a saucepan, bring the ginger, sugar, and plain water to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Once boiling, turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.  Fish out the ginger with a slotted spoon or strain the syrup and refrigerate.  (There will still be some tiny ginger bits…yum!)  Once chilled, combine a couple tablespoons with sparkling water in a glass with ice. Adjust the amounts to your taste.  Serve with a bendy straw and a lime wedge if you’re feeling froofy.

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FYI: The stuff in the measuring cup (above the recipe) is the actual syrup, which is a light ginger color.  When mixed with sparkling water, there really isn’t any color.

Also, we’re thinking maybe you can use less sugar and more ginger if you’re into that.  That’s what’s going to happen over here next time!