M’Aidez! What to do with ginger syrup?

As promised, a few uses for yesterday’s ginger syrup recipe. The quickie ideas are using to sweeten and flavor tea and coffee, either hot or cold. These are just starting points – adjust the balance to your preference.

Homemade ginger ale is also easily created by mixing 1/3 cup of the syrup with 1 cup of seltzer or sparkling mineral water. It will taste much fresher and lighter than store brought.

But the ginger can also add some sweet heat to lemonade – start with the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of the syrup and add 1 cup water. Or seltzer. Or…vodka. (if you’re adding the vodka, you should also add at least one friend. And a bunch of ice cubes).

And just in time for the rebels at Churchill Downs…ginger juleps. Can you have a julep that’s not mint? If you’re a purist and think not, you can just call this a Ginger & James. A tablespoon of ginger syrup, and one and a half ounces of Jamesons (or some other whiskey, if you must). Stir gently, add a 2 ice cubes and a twist of orange zest if you’re fancy, and enjoy the smooth and gentle burn. Zing!

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