This is one recipe that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I found it on a CNN’s website (I know, such an unlikely source!) The chef that created this it is someone that I’m sure you all know….Jean-Georges Vongerichten. If you are having a outdoor summer party – this is a drink that will have your friends praising you to infinity and beyond. The original version has no alcohol, but you can add a big splash of gin like I did.
Ginger does have the word “Gin” in it, so duh! If the photo looks a little crooked, its because I had to do the photo shoot twice.
Both with gin. (hiccup!)
You rock my world, J-Vo.
from CNN’s Food Central
Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale
- 1.5 pounds fresh ginger, cut into thin strips (don’t bother peeling)
- 3 stalks lemongrass, outer leaves discarded and bottom 6” roughly chopped into 1/2" sections
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 quarts water
- soda water
- gin (optional)
- lime wedges
- Throw the ginger and lemongrass into a food processor and process until it becomes a consistency of a thick puree. You’ll have to stop the machine and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
- In a saucepan over high heat,, add 1 1/4 quarts of water, lemongrass/ginger and the sugar. Boil and immediately turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Strain with a couple layers of cheesecloth. Chill in fridge as long as you can wait.
- To serve, fill a tall glass with ice. Add a ¼ cup of syrup in the glass. Top with soda water and or gin. A quick squeeze of lime, sip and pretend you’re on vacation.