On Sunday I had a go at making my first ever homemade lemonade (sugar, lemon, water). I added some ginger syrup to it (which I had previously made and was sitting in the fridge) which gave it a lovely zing. Ginger syrup is so easy to make, and I have been adding it to vodka and gin to make delicious cocktails. I keep it in the fridge and you can just add it to your drinks as you like.
6oz fresh ginger
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
combine water and sugar in pot and bring to a simmer. Slice or grate ginger (no need to peel it) and add to pot, simmer for about 30-40 minutes. It reduces down to about 3/4 cup, but I either add more water (to make more syrup) or don't let it reduce down so much. Strain and pour into clean jars.
I made more homemade lemonade on Monday, and this time added ginger to the sugar syrup while the sugar was dissolving. I added the lemon zest into the sugar syrup as well, because I like maximum flavour,and like to make the most of the lemon rind.
Homemade Lemonade with Ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for sugar syrup)
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger (approx - feel free to use less if this seems like a lot)
grated/peeled zest from lemons
1 1/2 cups lemon juice (approx 6 lemons)
6 cups water
Put the sugar and 1 cup water in pot, bring to a simmer. Add lemon zest and ginger. Allow sugar to dissolve and flavours to infuse, then strain and pour into a pitcher. Add lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Chill and serve.
If it is not sweet enough, just make a bit more simple syrup (dissolve sugar in water) and add to jug.
Just what I need on a hot summers day! It is so refreshing, and the pitcher disappeared very quickly!
Feel free to share how you enjoy it - what drinks do you make with it?