Homemade Ginger Ale Syrup with Xagave

I found this recipe scribbled on the back of an old birthday card that I had tucked into one of my recipe books.  Not sure where I found it, but you can be certain I googled it a while back with every intention of making it someday.

The title is a little misleading because mine didn’t actually make a ‘syrup’, it was more of a cordial.  This is probably because I used Xagave instead of sugar.

The ingredients are simple:

2 cups of peeled and chopped ginger root

Peel of two lemons (I used a veggie peeler to minimize the amount of pith)

4 cups water

1 cup of Xagave or 2 cups of white sugar

Place the water, ginger and lemon peel in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour

(This actually steeped for closer to 2 hours.  I got distracted by laundry…darn laundry!)

If you like the smell of ginger, you will appreciate how this lovely brew fills the kitchen with its fresh aroma

After steeping drain the mixture through a sieve lined with cheesecloth.

Return the drained juice to the saucepan.  Add the sweetner and bring to a boil, whisking regularly.

Reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

Had I used sugar, I would have continued to reduce this until it became a nice thick syrup.

But I kept tasting it and even though i was kind of disappointed with the consistency, I was more than happy with the taste!

Cool, then pour into glass jar, bottle or container of your choice.  Keep refrigerated.

To make up your ginger ale, pour 2 Tablespoons of syrup over ice and add 8oz of sparkling water, club soda or even tonic water.  Throw in a slice and enjoy!