Homemade Ginger Ale

I am all about challenges in the kitchen.  But those challenges are usually related to baking, not soda making.  But a challenge is a challenge and I am excited to follow along with Love and Olive Oil‘s Monthly Kitchen Challenges.  Last month, I made macarons.  (Sorry for all the “challenges”!)

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May’s Monthly Kitchen Challenge is ginger ale.  My liking of ginger ale is more recent, within the last couple of years.  Growing up, if I drank it when I wasn’t sick, it reminded me of being sick.  Who wants that?  I don’t know what is different, but I’m good with it now.

I chose to use a recipe by Food Network’s Alton Brown.  Compared to some others, it is less involved with simple ingredients.  That’s what I was looking for.

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Making this ginger ale was extremely easy and quick.  Except grating the ginger.  Pretty messy.

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Who needs a fancy soda making machine???  Not this girl.  The bottle had to sit untouched for 48 hours.  I had the urge to shake it for some reason, but I was able to resist.

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Two days later and my result is a nice tall glass of ginger ale.  To me the smell of ginger in the soda is much stronger than the taste, if that makes sense.  Matt says it tastes more like ginger beer.  It definitely does not taste like the ginger ale you find in a grocery store.  I wonder what other flavors of soda I can make without a machine.  If you want to try, this is a nice easy way to start!