I think I got whiplash from spring rushing by so quickly. Bring on the summer heat!

A little over ten years ago I learned from Ming Tsai’s old TV show how to make an easy ginger ale. Since ginger ale was cheaper than actual ginger at that time in Alabama, I didn’t make it much. But we have just the opposite issue in Korea. No ginger ale but lots of cheap ginger. I thought I’d make a small variation of the original recipe.

You’re gonna laugh at how easy this is!


To make the syrup, you only need some knobs of ginger, a cup of sugar, a cup of water and half a lemon.

Peel the ginger

Clean and peel the ginger. I like to use a spoon.

Slice the ginger

Then slice the ginger into coins. Why this shape? We use them later on to make candied crystallized ginger.

Cook the sugar, water and ginger

Place the sugar, water and ginger in a saucepan and slowly, carefully bring it to a boil. Watch it closely because this napalm will boil over.

Squeeze half a lemon

Take it down to a simmer and add the juice from the lemon. Simmer for around thirty minutes or until the ginger gets pliable.

Ginger syrup

Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool. Then strain it into a squeeze bottle and chill.

Candied ginger

The leftover ginger you can put on a baking sheet and put in a very low oven until crystallized or just let them dry in the sun. They make a strong candy that’s great when you get a cold.

Aah, refreshing!

Fill a glass with ice. Squirt around a tablespoon of the syrup and top with sparkling water or club soda. Stir, garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy!

Fresh Lemon-Ginger Ale

2 knobs of Ginger (around half a cup)
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
Sparkling water or Club soda

  1. Clean and peel the ginger with a spoon.
  2. Slice the ginger.
  3. Put the ginger, sugar and water in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Turn the heat low to a simmer and slowly cook for around 30 minutes until the ginger has lost its stiffness.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  6. Put the syrup in a squeeze bottle, reserving the ginger for candied ginger.
  7. Fill a glass with ice, 1 Tbsp. ginger syrup and fill with sparkling water or club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

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