Homemade Ginger Ale ... (serves 8) 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh ginger; 1 1/2 cups sugar; 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice; 1 1/2 (1-liter) bottles club soda, chilled... Combine ginger (don't bother to peel it), sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer mixture about 15 min. Strain syrup and cool to room temperature. Stir in lemon juice. Place 2 tablespoons syrup in each of eight 8-ounce glasses and fill three quarters full with club soda.