A hankering for mojitos came upon me suddenly the other day so I raced to the store to whip up some ginger syrup. That’s right, ginger mojitos!
Ginger syrup can be used for all types of cocktails – mint juleps, mojitos, margaritas and so forth. Mix it with a little vodka, soda and a splash of your favorite fruit juice. Make a mocktail by way of sparkling water and ice.
The cool thing about making syrup is that you can use this technique with any sort of flavor/ingredient – rosemary, mint, ginger, lemon, etc. Or, simply make simple syrup with water and sugar.
Get creative, y’all. Spice up your life.
- 1/4 pound ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Bring ginger, sugar, and water to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then gently simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.
Strain through a sieve and reserve ginger for another use (see cooks’ note, below), then cool to room temperature.