Ginger ale made from ginger peel

When you peel ginger you are not just removing the hard inedible outer skin, but also a layer just below that which contains a great deal of flavour. This is quite a pity as they are perfect to use in a liquid infusion where their flavour is optimally released; just like in this ginger ale. This Waste to Taste component yields a syrup that you mix with sparkling water.

Ginger ale made from ginger peel

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fresh ginger peel












black peppercorns



allspice berries

Preparation method

  • Wash the peels.
  • Place the washed peels in a pan with 1 litre of water and bring to the boil.
  • Infuse on low heat for half an hour.
  • Pour through a sieve. Collect the liquid and throw away the peels.
  • Peel the lemon with a vegetable peeler.
  • Add the lemon rind, sugar, pepper, and allspice to the ginger water and bring to the boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and gently cook for another five minutes.
  • Set aside to cool and strain only the following day.
  • Pour the syrup into a glass with ice cubes, lemon, and mint and top up the glass with sparkling mineral water.

Serving suggestions

  • As a refreshing alcohol-free beverage.
  • As a basis for a cocktail with dark rum or whiskey.
  • As a flavour enhancer in fruit salads.
  • As a syrup for dressing a dessert.

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