FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: 15-20 minutes to prep
MAKES: 1/2 cup simple syrup, enough for 10 or so cocktails
I love me some vodka soda when I go out to happy hour. I probably drink more than I should, but to me, vodka soda goes down like water. I thought this would be the perfect drink to add some distinct flavors since the rail itself is rather flavorless.
I was practically bored out of my mind Saturday afternoon so I decided to have some fun at home concocting a new cocktail. I scanned my fridge and found two very flavorful items — ginger and lemons. I pulled out the Smirnoff vodka and sugar from my pantry. And the rest was history. I made a simple syrup and infused it with slices of ginger and lemon zest grated with my Microplane. I allowed it to simmer for 15 minutes on low and added it to my vodka soda. This cocktail transformed my every day ordinary vodka soda to something a little more special and flavorful. It was spicy, tart and sweet. I had three that afternoon :)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 slices fresh peeled ginger
zest of 1/2 a lemon
1. Start simple syrup. Simple syrup is literally 1 part sugar to 1 part water. Heat a small saucepan over low temperature. Add the sugar and water, and stir gently.
2. Add ginger and lemon zest. As the sugar dissolves, add the zest and ginger slices to the simple syrup. Allow it to heat over low temperature for 15 minutes. Stir continuously to prevent burning. The juices of the lemon and ginger infuse the syrup over time. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Discard the ginger slices.
3. Make the cocktail. In a cocktail glass, add a handful of ice. Pour 1 tablespoon of the ginger and lemon simple syrup over the ice. Pour one shot of vodka, or more if you wish, and top with club soda. Stir and squeeze a wedge of lime.
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