The Admiral. We had to sit at the bar because we didn't have reservations. The food was fabulous but before our food arrived the bartender/waiter handed J a glass of ginger ale to try. Then he told us it was homemade and that they made it fresh every week and ran out of it a lot. I'm not surprised. I had no idea that ginger ale could be that delicious. The stuff you buy in the store is more like they waved a ginger root over a roomful of carbonated water and called it ginger ale.
The bartender gave me a breakdown of about a dozen ingredients and I hastily scribbled them down on a napkin. Then I lost the napkin. AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! I remembered bitters, cayenne pepper, fresh grated ginger, sugar, lemon juice, grated lemon zest, lime juice and zest, black pepper, and a cinnamon stick. The rest of it is a mystery.
Alton B had a pretty good starter recipe that called for yeast so it would "carbonate". All Recipes had another recipe where some of the commenters left some great helpful hints including adding a lot more ginger. Here's wiki "how to". Vegetarian Times had this recipe. I'm scared to death of any recipe with yeast. Yeast never works out well for me. Ever. So I made a combo recipe from all of the links and using all the ingredients I remembered. Boiled the ingredients sans yeast and let it steep for one hour and strained it once cooled. Then poured over ice (1ish - 2ish parts) and added club soda. It is soooooo good.
Whenever I am sick I really crave ginger ale. But I would never, ever make this recipe when I'm sick so I freeze some individual servings to keep on hand in case of emergency. I make this recipe on regular basis. We LOVE it! It's not as good as the ale at The Admiral but it'll do in a pinch.
Someday I'm going to be brave and try the yeast version. Someday......
We all know it's great for colds and stomach aches but did you know that a beverage steeped with a good amount of ginger is a more powerful pain reliever than mor phine? I've been told that by several herbalists/health food stores so I'm taking that it's pretty true. No wonder I like this stuff! :)