ginger brown sugar soda (and sundaes)
Recipe type: drink
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4-inch knob of fresh ginger, roughly sliced (no need to peel)
  • seltzer water
  • vanilla ice cream
  • sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
  1. Make a simple syrup from the brown sugar and water: in a small saucepan, stir together water and brown sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is translucent, less than one minute. Steep sliced ginger root in the syrup just after the sugar is dissolved and off the heat.
  3. Cool completely and strain solids. Store in an airtight container (I use a glass jar with a good screw top). Chill for up to 6 months. Makes about 1½ cups.
  4. When mixing your drink, use approximately 2:5 ratio brown sugar syrup to seltzer water, depending on your desired sweetness. I used ½ cup of syrup to 1¼ cups of seltzer for a fairly sweet drink. You may want to add more seltzer if you add ice cream, so as to not overdo the sweetness. Stir well to distribute the syrup in the seltzer.
  5. Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Try not to eat too fast and suffer from brain freeze.
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