Homemade Ginger Ale


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This article is very long with many photos.  I guess it works if you have the time and passion to do this.  I didn't read beyond the beginning but will not be surprised if real Ginger Ale has some serious benefits that justifies all of this.  I know a very easy way to make Ginger Ale.  All you need is 7Up and two dashes of Angostra Bitters.  Mix it and the taste is Ginger Ale without a doubt.  That is what bartenders do when in a jam and need Ginger Ale fast.  Health benefits? I don't know.  You read the article.

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from F Amateur Gourmet by Adam Roberts

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On a Sunday afternoon, lounging around my apartment watching "Terms of Endearment" on HBO, inspiration suddenly strikes and I am compelled to make ginger ale from scratch.

It would take a team of behavior specialists and Debra Winger fans to analyze this phenomenon, but suffice it to say: I was hot and I had ginger. I recalled a recipe for homemade Ginger Ale in Jean-George's book "Cooking At Home with a Four-Star Chef", so I tore myself away from Aurora Greenway and studied the recipe.

The recipe is pretty specific: it calls for one pound of fresh ginger, two stalks of lemongrass, and two small fresh chiles ("stems removed.") I didn't have much of that: I just had a big knob of ginger leftover from something gingery.

Read the rest   http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/06/homemade_ginger.html

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