The weather is warming up, the itch for the weekend begins a little sooner, it’s patio season, need I say more?
It’s (almost) summer and tis the season for refreshing cocktails and sun tea – whatever you’re into.
After last week’s Cinco de Mayo gathering, I found myself with a few too many limes than I knew what to do with and a craving for a drink that didn’t include tequila. After browsing my library of recipes on Pinterest, I finally stumbled upon a Ginger Limeade recipe that looked amazing with or without alcohol.
Since this was such a success and I realized I have a plethora of “saucy” recipes to attempt that have been stacking up over the years, I figured I’d give it a go and begin a weekly series sharing drink recipes to start your weekend off right for the summer season.
1.5 cups of fresh lime juice (I used about 10 -12 limes, but this may vary)
3 oz fresh ginger, roughly chopped
3 tbsp water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Pinch of salt
3 cups of ice cold soda water or water to dilute
1. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer. Once all the sugar has dissolved and the syrup starts to boil, set it aside to cool.
2. Place the fresh ginger and water in a mini processor or blender (which I used), and pulse until well blended and pureed. Strain the ginger juice through a sieve, pressing down on the pulp to get the most out of the ginger. Set aside ¼ cup of this ginger juice.
NOTE: If you don’t have a sieve, I was able to use a fine mesh strainer and spoon to press the juice out of the pulp into a bowl.
3.Mix the ginger and salt with the lime juice. Add up to 1 – 1.5 cups of sugar syrup to sweeten the ginger lime juice (change the amount of sugar you add according to your tastes).
4.Pour into a clean bottle/jar with a closeable cap and leave in the fridge to chill until needed.
To make a beverage:
1. Make sure all components are chilled. You can use ice, but remember to add less liquid to compensate for the melting ice.
2.Mix the ginger lime syrup with water or soda water at a 1:1 ratio (or a little less water). If you’re feeling saucy, add vodka, gin, or tequila. Enjoy!
Hope you’re all out hiking, biking, climbing, and still skiing.