How to make Ginger syrup for Gingerale or Ginger Tea

Making your own drink syrup concentrates such as Lemonade, Limeade, or Soda Pop Concentrates such as this Ginger Syrup for gingerale, are easy to do. They  are basically a water/sugar syrup with added flavorings, and only take about 30 minutes to do.
Gingerale Syrup Recipe

They make a great little gift also. What I love about this Ginger Syrup is that it can make not only traditional Gingerale, but can be made into a Ginger "Tea" to help with nausea. Would make a great gift for someone suffering from morning sickness, or Chemo treatments, or even the stomach flu!

I used recycled chili sauce bottles from my last batch of meatballs, they make a perfect bottle for giving as a gift.  I found these great free printable labels too!

To make the syrup I tinkered around with a recipe from wikihow & tipjunkie
Ginger Syrup:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups peeled and thinly sliced ginger root
1 1/2 cups White sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar or make your own (you can make it all white sugar if you prefer)
2 cups water
1 lime

Directions:

Peel and dice ginger root.
In Saucepan over med.-high heat stir sugars and water together. Quarter the lime and toss into the pan.
Heat to boiling stirring occassionally.
Once boiling, turn down to medium -low heat and stir in the ginger root pieces. Let simmer 30 minutes.
Let cool. Then pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth into container.
Label with the following instructions and store in refrigerator.

TO MAKE GINGERALE:
Pour 1-2 Tablespoons ginger syrup into serving glass. Stir in 8 oz. cold seltzer or club soda water. serve with ice and a lime wedge!

TO MAKE GINGER TEA:
Pour 1-2 Tablespoons into a tea cup, stir in 8 oz. of hot water. Sip slowly and relax!

"Red Hot and Blue" Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders

They aren't just for your typical sloppy joes.  One of my favorite recipes are these Buffalo Chicken Sliders. When the gang is all here for family gatherings, as they will be for this fourth of july, or just around the t.v. watching a game, these sliders are perfect crowd pleasers!





Buffalo Chicken Sliders
I use left over shredded rotisserie chicken to pull these together, so is also a great way  to pull together a family weeknight meal in just minutes, that I promise, will have everyone digging into a meal together around the table.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders


Sloppy Joe Buffalo Chicken Sliders
IMakes approx. 12 mini sliders or 6 regular sandwiches
Ingredient
1 can Manwich Sauce (I used Bold Flavor)
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/8-1/4 cup hot sauce.
12 slider sized buns or 6 full sized buns (I used Chibatta rolls)
Optional: Blue Cheese crumbles or dressing
                 Ranch Dressing

Directions:
1. Pour shredded chicken into large skillet.
2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the Manwich Sauce into skillet. (Reserve remaining 1/2 cup of sauce for another meal)
3. Add in hot sauce (I used 1/8 cup), and stir to mix.
4. Heat over medium heat  5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture is heated through.
5. Split open your rolls in half, and divide mixture evenly between the rolls. Place top buns on sandwiches.
Serve warm w/ bowls  of  toppings: blue cheese and or ranch dressing (I serve both).
Jan's Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop! It will give you the perfect amount of Sloppy Joe mixture onto each slider bun.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders

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