After being delayed by bad traffic and a lack of internet connection, the Boston Edition of Foodie Friday is finally here! We had all sorts of fun putting this meal together. We chose to use Laura’s suggestion of Cod Fish Balls, and then just for good measure we threw a little fresh steamed lobster in the mix, and topped it off with delicious homemade Ginger Ale! And before you say, “oh…well I don’t like ginger ale,” this is not even comparable to the ginger ale you would find in a can at your local grocery store. This is absolutely and completely different and so so so much better! So here’s what we’re going to do. We’ll start with the Ginger Ale today, Wednesday we will post how to steam a lobster, and the Cod Fish Balls will be saved for Friday ;).
The Ginger Ale was inspired by our love for the delicious house-made ginger ale at one of our favorite local restaurants, Northstar Cafe. If you’re ever in Columbus, I would highly recommend checking them out…whether it’s for breakfast, dinner, or anything in between, they have really fantastic food to go with their super tasty ginger ale!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the best ginger ale you’ve ever tasted:
1 arm of fresh ginger
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 cups water
1 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice (8-10 limes)
5-6 sprigs fresh mint
1 liter club soda (we tried two different brands and found that we liked Schweppes best)
Put 5 cups of water in a medium-sized pot and add sugar.
Peel and chop ginger root.
Add chopped ginger to pot with water and sugar, heat over medium heat on stove. Bring to a rolling boil, then remove from heat and allow to steep overnight.
Put lime juice and mint leaves in separate small bowl.
Muddle mint with wooden spoon to incorporate the flavor into the lime juice. (We also allowed this mixture to sit overnight, but that is not necessary)
After allowing to steep overnight, put ginger “syrup” into a pitcher…we didn’t have a pitcher on hand, so we used what we had ;)…add in the lime/mint mixture and stir to combine.
Chill and serve with club soda to taste. (We liked somewhere between a 2:1 and 1:1 club soda to ginger syrup ratio)
And there you have it…a super delicious homemade Ginger Ale! If you end up trying this recipe, we’d love for you to post a picture to Facebook, tagging The Jacksons Photography, so that we and everyone else can see how it turned out for you! Enjoy, and check back Wednesday for Part 2 of Foodie Friday: Boston Edition!
Adapted from recipe found at Lolly’s Sweet & Savory Treats.