Homemade Ginger Ale

by Jessica

I had mixed feelings about this head of ginger (which was, by the way, larger than this photo suggests).

It topped out at about 1 1/2 pounds and, from the right angle, looked vaguely humanoid.

Dismembered…

Ground finely…

Distilled into syrup of questionable appearance…

Mixed and promptly drunk. (Drank? Damn those tenses! I am an insult to my profession).

There was something macabre in the whole affair.

Homemade Ginger Ale

1 c sugar

3 c water

The largest knob of ginger you can find, finely chopped into 1 c

seltzer

squeeze of lemon

Boil ginger, sugar and water. Simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Strain with fine sieve or cheesecloth.

Mix 2 T syrup with 1/2 c seltzer. Top with ice and lemon.

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