Ginger Soda


Ginger-and-lemon syrup combines with seltzer for a refreshing drink.


  • 1 pound fresh ginger (preferably young), peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 3 strips fresh lemon peel, pith removed, plus lemon slices for serving (optional)

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 2 quarts cold seltzer (about 2 liters)


  1. Bring ginger, lemon peel, and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add sugar, and stir until it has dissolved. Return to a boil. Cook until syrup has been reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes.

  2. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard ginger and lemon peel. Let cool slightly. Cover, and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour (up to 1 week). To serve, fill 8 glasses with ice and lemon slices if desired; stir 1/4 cup syrup and 1 cup seltzer into each glass.

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