Homemade Soda: Orange Honey Ginger Ale Recipe

This Orange Honey Ginger Ale recipe uses the flavors of orange and honey to complement aromatic ginger.

| August 2012

  • Ginger is a unique aromatic ingredient, one of the few that burns and cools simultaneously.
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  • Experience the fizzy excitement of “Homemade Soda,” a cookbook with 200 recipes that bring soda to the home kitchen; it’s perfect for adventurous home cooks, home brewers who want to expand their repertoire, DIYers and parents looking to have more control over their family’s sugar consumption.
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Enjoy this refreshing Orange Honey Ginger Ale while sitting on the patio, cooling yourself with a fan and admiring the brightly colored flowers of summer. This recipe is excerpted from Homemade Soda (Storey Publishing, 2011) by Andrew Schloss, a comprehensive guide filled with recipes such as Curiosity Cola and Anise Licorice Root Beer. 

Orange Honey Ginger Ale Recipe

Before refrigeration, ginger was commonly added to beer to counteract off flavors that could develop when the fermentation process went awry. The practice has waned, but the appreciation for ginger-flavored beverages has not. Ginger is a unique aromatic ingredient, one of the few that burns and cools simultaneously. With its pronounced floral character, it has an affinity for both honey and orange. Select a mild honey, such as orange blossom, for this soda. If the honey is too bold it will fight with the ginger and overpower the orange flavor. This soda may take slightly longer than usual to ferment due to the acidity of the orange juice.

Orange Honey Ginger Syrup Recipe
Enough for 1 gallon brewed ginger ale

• 1 quart water
• 2 1/4 cups sugar
• 3/4 cup mild honey, such as orange blossom honey
• 3 ounces fresh gingerroot, peeled and grated (about 1/2 cup)
• Juice of 1 orange

1. Combine the water, sugar, honey, ginger, and orange juice in a large saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves, then let simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool for 30 minutes, and strain out the solids.

2. This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.



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