Should you make this ginger ale for children? Probably not. It's a bit hot; a bit spicy; a little racy? O.K., my eldest daughter had some and I don't think she'd describe this ginger ale as racy. Let's say "special". I suggest making it for a book club meeting, a knitting group, or better yet... a cocktail party along with plates and plates of wonderful finger food ! Make it so others, who appreciate that you didn't just pop a can, are able to enjoy it.
It's a drink I'd like to have on hand once we are sitting outdoors again on our patio. That, unfortunately, will still be a while... a very long while.
Homemade Ginger Ale
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 cups peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger
• 2 cups cold water
• Club soda or sparkling water
Combine the sugar, ginger and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until syrupy. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. Strain the ginger from the liquid and refrigerate the syrup. To serve, use one part syrup to 4 parts club soda or sparkling water over ice. (Adjust, if necessary, to your liking.) Garnish, if desired, with lemon or lime slices... Maybe even, a maraschino cherry.