How to Make Homemade Ginger Ale

For the past couple years, ginger ale has been one of my favorite kinds of soda pop.  It’s simple, not overly sweet, and just delicious! 😋 Fortunately, if you’re looking for a healthier version of ginger ale, you can make your own at home.

people doing a toast with glasses of homemade ginger ale

Is drinking ginger ale good for you?

Ginger root itself is very healthy, and can help ease nausea or stomachaches.  However, ginger ale contains sugar, which isn’t as healthy.  To get more health benefits of ginger, it’s recommended to make ginger tea with fresh ginger instead of drinking a sweet soda.

Are ginger ale and ginger beer the same?

These two drinks are different.  Traditionally, ginger beer was naturally carbonated during a fermentation process, resulting in a stronger ginger flavor and alcoholic content of about 11%.  However, most modern ginger beer has a low enough alcohol content to be considered non-alchoholic (under 0.5%).  On the other hand, ginger ale is ginger-flavored carbonated water, and has a much milder taste.

How do you make homemade ginger ale?

You’ll need fresh ginger root (some diced and some grated), water, sugar, and sparkling water.

ingredients for homemade ginger ale

Boil the cubed ginger in the uncarbonated water for 30 minutes, then let it infuse for another 15 minutes.  Strain out the ginger pieces and dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar into the ginger water.

ginger water for homemade ginger ale

Mix the ginger water with simple syrup, some freshly grated ginger, and the carbonated water.  Garnish with ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint.  Enjoy!
ingredients for homemade ginger ale

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How to Make Homemade Ginger Ale

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 glasses
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade ginger ale is an easy drink that’s healthier than store bought soda.  Ginger root, water, simple syrup, sugar, and sparkling water is all you need to make this simple and refreshing drink for your family to enjoy.


  • 3 ounces fresh ginger root (about 2 roots) (83g)
  • 1 cup filtered water (237 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (25g)
  • 1 1/4 cup simple syrup, chilled (296 ml)
  • 3 3/4 cups sparkling mineral water, chilled (887 ml)
  • 25 ice cubes (5 per glass)
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


Making the Ginger Water (10 minutes prep + 45 minutes cooking/infusing + 20 minutes cooling)

  1. Peel the ginger roots by scraping off the skin with the edge of a spoon.  Chop enough ginger root to get a scant 1/2 cup of diced ginger (57g).
  2. Grate the remaining ginger root on a microplane grater to get 2 teaspoons (12g), then cover and refrigerate.
  3. Place the water and diced ginger in a small saucepan.  Cover and bring to a boil; then lower to a simmer for 30 minutes with the lid askew.  Remove the pot from the heat and allow the ginger to infuse the liquid for another 15 minutes.
  4. Strain out the diced ginger and set it aside for a snack.  Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and set over medium heat.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar until fully dissolved, then chill in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Serving the Ginger Ale (5 minutes for 5 glasses)

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the ginger water into a 12-ounce glass.  Add 1/4 cup of simple syrup, 3/4 cup of sparkling mineral water, and grated ginger to taste.  Stir gently to combine.
  2. Add 5 ice cubes per glass, then garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.  Serve immediately.


  • To make this drink even healthier, sweeten the ginger water with stevia, monkfruit, or honey instead of white sugar.
  • Make your own simple syrup by with equal parts granulated sugar and filtered water.  Place in a small saucepan over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved, then chill until cool.
  • The ginger water can keep in the fridge for a few days.

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