Carefully simmering fresh ginger in water for a good, long while is the key to deep, rounded flavor. Once you have the ginger syrup on hand, a hankering for ginger ale can be satisfied practically instantly (the drink's trademark fizz comes from seltzer).
This is a very different Black Bean Soup. Made with pumpkin puree and coconut milk. I added sautéed onion, carrot, zucchini, and sausage to add some freshness. My son at this up, even the carrots and zucchini!