Happy Hour Tuesday!
After a Summer break Happy Hour Tuesday is back with new drink recipes, the one of this week being Ginger Limoncello Lemonade.
Pungent, zesty, yet sweet and spicy, ginger is one of the most popular and versatile tuberous that has been around since the ancient Greeks.
Ginger can be found in the forms of fresh, dried, powdered, ground, preserved, crystallized or pickled; it can be spicy or mild, used as a sweetener or as a savory ingredient. You either love it, or you hate it. But even if you belong to this second category of people you should know that ginger is known for its therapeutic properties of fighting congestion, soothing muscles, being effective against nausea and help with digestion. It is not a coincidence that both golden Ginger Ale and Dry Ginger Ale were invented by an apothecary and surgeon, Dr. Thomas Cantrell, and a pharmacist, Jonh McLaughlin and became popular in the United States during the Prohibition era as mixer in both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
Ginger Limoncello Lemonade is better if consumed after or accompanying a meal, however the carbonation due to the sparkling water or ginger ale and the zesty taste make it suitable also as a pre-dinner cocktail.
2T Ginger Simple Syrup
3 oz Rometti Limoncello
Sparkling water or ginger ale, to taste
Lemon slices, for garnish
To make the syrup mix 1/2 c water, 1/2 c sugar, and 2T fresh ginger heated in a small saucepan and then strain.
Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker full of ice. Strain into a martini glass and add a splash of sparkling water or ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Recipe from The Party Dress