I’ve been struggling with whether I should share this drink recipe with you at the start of November. I mean, what is more befitting than a cup of hot cocoa or apple cider on a chilly, sweater-wearing day, right? But then I’m thinking, this fizzy concoction really hits the spot as you’re indulging in all of those heavy, meat-centric, butter-laden comfort foods this time of the year!
Once you make a batch of this ginger-infused simple syrup, you can store it in the fridge and make yourself a glass whenever you want something cool and refreshing. If you’re not in the mood for something icy cold, you can turn this into a hot lemon ginger tea. Just mix a few spoonfuls of the syrup with hot water and it becomes the perfect remedy if you have a sore throat or are feeling a bit under the weather. The warming and soothing effects of ginger do wonders for the body and soul. I’ve also heard that you can whip up a cocktail in no time if you shake it up with some crushed ice, a handful of fresh mint, a splash of bourbon, and club soda to top it all off, It’s a win-win situation, I promise you.
Sparkling Ginger Lemonade
(yields about one cup of ginger-lemon flavored syrup)
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
2-in piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
½ cup fresh lemon juice
In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Stir in lemon juice. Pour the mixture through a sieve and store in a clean jar with a tight lid. Store in the fridge for up to one month.
To serve, mix syrup (depends on how tart/strong you like your lemonade) with ice cubes and sparkling water.