Ginger-Basil Simple Syrup


My love of ginger causes me to experiment with it not only in food, but also in drinks and cocktails.
Tonight I decided to attempt a ginger simple syrup.

1/4 cup thinly sliced or diced fresh ginger
handful of fresh basil
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar

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ginger basil simple syrup

Usually simple syrup is 1 part water to 1 part sugar.  I toned it down in sweetness in order to get more ginger/basil flavoring in the syrup.  This way you can add more syrup without over-sweetening your beverage.

  • Heat the water over the stove in a small sauce pan.
  • Add ginger and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add basil and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the sugar and stir constantly.
  • You may leave the ingredients on the heat for as long as you like while the flavors soak in, so long as the sugar doesn’t burn, so add that last.
  • Remove from heat.

I put mine in a mason jar once cooled and refrigerated it.

Add a few teaspoons or tablespoons to cocktails or even food.  This may be good in or on waffles or as a sweet glaze or salad dressing.

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strawberry ginger basil mint cocktail

I added it to muddled strawberry, mint, and vodka (or gin) with club soda.  Yum!

June 14, 2011
Drink, Recipe


Cocktail: Strawberry-Lime Tequila


A remix of the Summer of Tequila cocktail, this one involves delicious fresh strawberries.

Ingredients:1-2 strawberries per drink
1/2 lime
Club soda, sprite, or ginger ale

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Strawberry lime cilantro and tequila cocktail

Tequila is delicious with lime.
This cocktail is summery, refreshing, and slightly sweet.

Muddle strawberries and the juice of 1/2 a lime with some fresh cilantro.
Add to tequila, over ice, and top with your fizzy drink of choice: club soda, sprite, or ginger ale.

June 12, 2011
Drink, Recipe


Cocktail: Ginger Fruit Spritzer


Leftover fruit salad?  Check.
Bottle of (cheap?) Champagne? Check.

Now all you need is a bottle of awesome ginger liqueur!  This bottle of Domaine de Canton isn’t the cheapest, at about $30 a bottle, but it goes a long way, and is great for making innovative cocktails.  A little sweet ginger liqueur is also great to spruce up a glass of white wine.

This cocktail really was the result of some leftover fruit salad from a party, combined with my ginger addiction.  It turned out to be delicious!

1 part Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 parts Champagne (or sparkling wine)
spoonful of fruit salad (or any chopped sweet fruits)

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Ginger fruit spritzer: Champagne, Ginger Liqueur, fresh fruit

Add all ingredients to a glass.  Optionally garnish with a spring of mint.

Refreshing and slightly sweet!

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Ginger Fruit Spritzer!

May 23, 2011
Drink, Recipe


Hum: The strangest liqueur I’ve ever had


I’ve been nagging the liquor store down the street to stock some ginger liqueur or ginger-infused vodka.    I walked in today and the woman who knows me (don’t judge..) was excited to point out “hum”.  “This one has ginger IN it!” she proudly exclaimed.  I checked it out.

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Hum-a botanical liqueur

This liqueur had an ingredient list I couldn’t pass up:

Inspired by the great amaros of Italy, celebrated mixologists, Adam Seger of Chicago and London’s Joe McCanta infuse organic rum with fair trade hibiscus, organic ginger, green cardamom and kaffir lime to create the beautifully balanced spirit called hum. At a bold 70 proof, hum is best enjoyed on the rocks with lime and a splash of soda. Enjoy it tall with tonic, ginger ale or cola. Or, add it to your favorite beer or sparkling wine. Don’t stop there….replace sweet vermouth or orange liqueur with hum to kick up the classic negroni, manhattan or margarita. Finally, end your evening with your favorite ice cream drizzled with hum. Mmmmmm. The applications are only limited by your imagination.

**update: here is a list of recipes on their official website!  Worth a try? **

I first tasted this liqueur over ice to ascertain the flavor.  WOW.  Spicy, exotic, not like any liqueur I’ve had before.  The cardamom and hibiscus come through very strong, while the spiciness of the ginger permeates the flavor.  I’m sure the lime is in there somewhere.  I felt like I was eating some kind of Thai/indian dish that had somehow been mutated into a cocktail.   Where to go from here.. I wasn’t going to drink it straight (not at $39 a bottle.. ) so I decided to try and mix it with white wine (I also bought a bottle of sparkling wine to try with it later).

I mixed it with a pinot grigio (not my first choice), in a glass with ice.  It tasted pretty good yet still very spicy! I only added maybe a teaspoon or so of the liqueur because a little goes a long way here with “hum”.  After a few sips I drizzled a couple drops of a sweeter black currant liqueur in the glass and found that worked nicely too.

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Hum mixed with wine

If you’re looking to expand your liqueur list and like exotic flavorings, check out hum.  I’m looking forward to finding new ways to mix this one!

April 15, 2011


Ginger sherwood gardens


An adaptation on a sherwood gardens cocktail

Fresh ginger, diced, muddled with basil (thai or  regular) into 2 parts vodka
A small dash of blackcurrant liqueur
A small dash of St Germain elderflower liqueur
Top glass with ginger ale and club soda


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Ginger Sherwood Cocktail

March 29, 2011
Drink, Recipe