Ginger, ginger, ginger! How many things can you drink with ginger? I don’t know for sure, but this month’s Mixology Monday attempted to find that answer. Might have well asked how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. You never quite figure it out, because there are just too.many.options!
2 oz gin
1/2 oz strong ginger syrup
1/2 oz simple syrup (1:1)
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes rose water
8-10 fresh blueberries
Muddle berries in ginger and simple syrups. Add gin, lemon juice and rose water with ice. Shake and strain into cocktail glass.
* For ginger syrup, use a strong ginger syrup. For mine, I used 1/2 cup ginger juice, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons peppercorns. (If it was all ginger juice, no water, I’d ditch the peppercorns.) The ginger juice was the product of grating an entire ginger root with a microplane and squeezing the pulp through a cheesecloth. Its supposedly easier to use a heavy-duty juicer, but lacking a juicer, I substituted elbow grease. I combined the sugar, water, ginger juice, and peppercorns over low heat to simmer for 10 minutes, took it off heat to steep for two hours, and then strained out the peppercorns. With 100% ginger juice, you could just combine with sugar, no steeping needed.