HowTo: DIY Ginger Ale - But Does It Beat Vernors?

Ginger ale is an American classic, particularly beloved by native Michiganders, home of the popular Vernors Ginger Ale

HowTo: DIY Ginger Ale - But Does It Beat Vernors?

Recently, my family stocked the pantry top to bottom with the soda for my father's birthday. Growing up in Detroit, Vernors is without fail, always his drink of choice.

So, I'm curious. How does fresh, homemade ginger ale stand up to good old Vernors? Inevitably the taste won't be similar. One uses fresh ingredients, one is processed.

Test. Report back, please.

HowTo: DIY Ginger Ale - But Does It Beat Vernors?

Recipe and images via Crumpets and Cake,

Ginger Ale, the Instant Gratification Version

You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • club soda
  • juice of one or two limes, juice from half lemon
  • mint for garnish

HowTo: DIY Ginger Ale - But Does It Beat Vernors?

Directions:

"Combine ginger, sugar and water in a saucepan. Simmer slowly for 10 minutes, until sugar is dissolved and ginger is softened.

Strain warm syrup and allow to cool. Fill a tall glass with ice, add 1 part (used 2oz shot glass) of ginger syrup and 3 parts of club soda.

Squeeze lime and lemon wedge into glass. Use more syrup if desired. Garnish with mint."

HowTo: DIY Ginger Ale - But Does It Beat Vernors?

2 Comments

if it could taste like reed's ginger beer, my dark and stormy-loving family out east would gladly 'craft' up some.... i am always disappointed with the taste of ginger ales... as they often don't even use actual ginger to flavor it.

Try Schwepps so good.

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