Orange Honey Ginger Ale

Spring is starting to show its face here in California. We've had a few nice days recently. They were the kind of days where I deeply regretted my long sleeve shirt & boot choices. I should probably look at the weather app on my phone before I get dressed. I have a feeling if I start now, I won't stop. I can get rather obsessive with weather.

Blossoms are appearing on trees and it's a nice change of pace to see some blocks of brilliant pink & white amongst the skeletal limbs of trees on our way to school in the morning. My daydreams are focused on warmer weather. Sunshine, citrus and things that make me feel good when it's sunny.... like big jars of Orange Honey Ginger Ale on the back porch while Cooper digs muddy trenches for his big Tonka trucks. Birds chirp and seed packets wait to be organized.

This orange honey ginger syrup reminds me of perfumed orange blossoms and spicy ginger beer. It makes a wonderful mixer if you're wanting to make a boozy drink. Rum, vodka, bourbon & gin are all welcome. Just probably not all the same time.

I hope that sun is shining in your neck of the woods. And if it's not, here's a little bit of sunshine in a jar for you.

And we're off!

Let's make the syrup!

Water, honey, fresh orange juice, and sugar go into a big saucepan.

Grate your ginger. If you don't have a ginger grater, you should get one! They're GRATE .

Ginger gets mixed in. You simmer it on the stove for a bit.

Strain the syrup.

Let it sit.

Jarring it up! I gave two of these away and kept the middle one for myself.

It makes great gifts. It will last up to two months in the fridge.

Now let's show you how you can make a drink with one.

Take out a spoon and put some syrup in a cup.

Add an orange slice to the cup and top with sparkling water. Give it a stir.

And it's drinking time! If you want, you can top it with some more OJ or you can add some booze in it.

It's sure to make the happiest of happy hours. Cheers!

Orange Honey Ginger Ale

Mmakes about a quart of syrup

recipe from the Homemade Soda Cookbook

  • 1 quart water
  •  2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup mild honey, such as orange blossom
  • 3 oz. fresh ginger, peeled & grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • juice of 1 orange

Combine the water, sugar, honey, ginger and orange juice in a large saucepan, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves, then let simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool for 30 minutes, and strain out the solids.

To make Orange Honey Ginger Ale:

  • 3-4 tablespoons orange honey ginger syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups seltzer

Pour the syrup and juice in a tall glass filled with ice. Add the seltzer and stir until blended.

(this syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months)

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  • February 20, 2013

    Wow this looks crazy good...the ginger, honey, the oranges...the whole flavor palette is just perfect!

  • February 20, 2013

    I feel like you could make this with hot water if you had a cold (and whisky?). Lovely!

  • February 20, 2013

    I can literally feel spring is just around the corner. We had some gloriously beautiful weather last weekend and I've been dreaming about fruity cocktails and light salads. This syrup looks divine. I am definitely adding this to my spring/summer collection. Thanks for sharing. x

  • February 20, 2013

    I wish I could say the same about the weather here. It's -16c feels like -26c this morning, brrr! This drink makes me excited that spring will eventually get to Northern Ontario. I can't wait to eat dinner on the patio and enjoy sunshine on my shoulders :)!

  • February 20, 2013

    OMG spring already?? Those are just dreams here in Toronto... Also I noticed you and Joy have the same birch straws. How cute is that?

  • February 20, 2013

    Beautiful! I love that image of sitting on the back porch while Cooper plays and you organize seed packets :). Oh how I long for spring!

  • February 20, 2013

    Thanks for the great drink idea. My hubby always wants something to drink other then water (I dont keep soda, juices, except natural juice I make with juicer, etc. in the house). He misses his soda, so he might like this. I'm buying the ingredients today to give it a try.

  • February 20, 2013

    Perfection! I think a little splash of whiskey would be just wonderful in this :)

  • Carly
    February 20, 2013

    Thank you for the sunshine in a glass. Here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada this morning, it's -25C (-13F), but feels like -33C (-27F). I think I'll make this tonight and pretend it's spring.

  • February 20, 2013

    What a fun idea! Would regular honey be ok too?? I've never had orange blossom and don't know how "orange-y" it is!

  • Yummmmmmmmtastica!!!

    I think we are on the same wave length for several reasons:
    1. I have those tiny white dishes you have in the second shot. Obsessed.
    2. I just made gingerale.
    3. I also have the same napkin.
    and 4. I have those straws.

    This means we should hang out, right?

  • February 20, 2013

    Wow! Ginger Ale with ~actual~ ginger. Looks refeshing and yummy.

  • February 20, 2013

    This looks simply fabulous.

  • February 20, 2013

    This looks so refreshing, love it1

  • Lindsay
    February 20, 2013

    Making. With Bourbon. Tonight. Maybe just with the ginger ale I already have and a squeeze of fresh orange juice. Next paycheck I'll try the real deal! Also, now I am inspired to create my own lemon soda. Lemon basil! Whatever, both. Thanks!

    p.s. I'm not a commenter or even a blog fiend but I heard a podcast where you said people visited your website but didn't comment and you wished they did so: your recipes have made me a more thoughtful and creative cook, thank you. I'll be sticking around!

    • Tracy
      February 24, 2013

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! So nice to meet you, Lindsay!

  • February 20, 2013

    Where on earth did you get this orange blossom honey???? I want this with some whiskey. It is supposed to snow tonight in Chicago, so this would be a good break in the gloom.

    • Tracy
      February 24, 2013

      I found it at my local grocery store! There's a pretty good selection of honey.

  • February 20, 2013

    Well...I'm looking at the snow coming down, and though we need it, I'm ready to be sitting on the deck drinking this with gin...

  • February 20, 2013

    This is such a nice change for ginger ale! Never thought of making ale at home, much less pairing with orange. This is a very interesting pairing.

  • Oh my gosh! I love, love, LOVE this idea!! I would love to stop buying any kind of soda at all, but my kids love ginger ale as a treat. I can't wait to try this!!

  • February 21, 2013

    I made this last night. So good! I only had to add a tablespoon of the syrup and orange juice. The flavor was great! I can see pouring the syrup over grilled peaches with ice cream or pound cake!

    • Tracy
      February 24, 2013

      That sounds fantastic. Grilled peaches in the summer. Get me there!

  • February 21, 2013

    I can't wait to make this but the grater pun? really Tracy?!

    • Tracy
      February 21, 2013

      Not into it?

  • Jenny
    February 25, 2013

    I love the look of these drinks in jars. It looks like you have several kinds in the picture. Where do you get your jars and can you put link to them if you buy online? Thanks!

  • February 25, 2013

    i want to drink this until i get drunk. because it sounds so delicious and because i have questionable judgment. sorry im not sorry.

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