Sunday, August 11, 2013

Homemade Ginger Syrup + A Vodka Ginger cocktail

For a while now we have been making cocktails with ginger liqueur that retails for about $35 in our state.  Determined to find a better solution, I started making my own ginger simple syrup.  It still gives the same flavor as the liqueur but at a fraction of the cost.  It is non-alcoholic, so if you are having a party and there are little ones around, if you add it to club soda and add a splash of lemonade, you have yourself a handy mocktail.  We couldn't think of a name for this drink, if anyone  has a great idea, please let us know!

Ginger Syrup (adapted from Martha Stewart)

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 cups chopped ginger (don't forget to peel it first)

1. Combine sugar and water in a sauce pan on the stove.  Stir together and heat over medium heat until the sugar is well combined into the water and it is at a nice simmer.
2. Turn off the heat and add the ginger pieces
3. After 30 minutes, strain the ginger out of the liquid mix and add the liquid to an airtight container (we used an old Bon Mamon jam jar).
4. This will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Vodka Ginger Cocktail

Ingredients (makes one drink)

2 oz vodka
1/2 oz ginger syrup
3/4 oz Lillet blanc

1. Combine all components in a a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake well for about 15 seconds.  Pour into a chilled martini glass.

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