The ginger flavor in commercial brands is usually mild and made with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup  *  Homemade soda is easier to make than most people think and you can store the syrup without the carbonated water for up to a week  *  To make the syrup combine 6 oz of fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)  and 8 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil  *  Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half  *  Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups of light-colored raw honey  *  Cover fo twenty minutes and let the ginger and honey steep  *  Strain out the ginger and refrigerate the ginger syrup until well chilled  *  The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator  *  In a large pitcher combine the ginger syrup with 8 cups of sparkling water and 4 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice  *  Serve over ice when ready to party!  *  If you would like to turn this into a cocktail – I suggest adding some coconut flavored rum and a few berries