Two Frugal Chicks is a local blog that teaches folks how to save big bucks couponing. They also have some great ideas like this one on how to make your own Ginger Ale. So I had to try it. Came out pretty good.
Combine 1/2 cup of freshly grated ginger, 1 cup of cane sugar, and 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 9 minutes. Cool and strain.
To serve, add about a 1/3 cup of this ginger syrup to a chilled glass. Top with seltzer water and garnish with lime. Adjust proportions to taste. Serves 4 to 6. Refrigerate leftover syrup for later; the flavor intensifies.