2.24.2012

Sick Day Ginger Ale

Sick days aren't fun – unless you aren't really sick. But in my case – I'm sick, therefore no fun here. The past two days I've been home.

Inside.

It has been 75 degrees and sunny in Northern California. Said weather (I'm told) is not normal. I hate being sick on good weather days. And stupid colds aren't even normal for me. I usually get sick maybe once a year. Bleck. It's that time of year I guess.

Enter movies, pjs, blankets, a roll of tp for my runny nose, and comfort food. Yesterday, when I left work early, all I wanted was a grilled cheese and soup. I got home, made one, and I instantly felt... well not better, but happier.

Today, my comfort craving was ginger ale, but I didn't want the stuff from the store, I wanted REAL ginger ale. Plus, movies and tv get a little boring after several hours and I needed something to do.
So I made some. And it was good. And I felt a bit better afterward. Yay!

Sick Day Ginger Ale
Adapted from Simple So Good
What Ya Need
1 1/2 Cup of Chopped Fresh Ginger
1 1/2 Cup Water
A Little Less than 1 Cup Turbinado Sugar
Sparkling Water
Fresh Lemon
Fresh Lime
Fresh Mint

Here's How Ya Do It:
  1. Peel and chop the ginger. I used a combination of a paring knife and veggie peeler.
  2. Place ginger in a sauce pan with the water over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for 5-7 minutes
  3. Cover the saucepan and remove from the heat. Let this sit for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  4. Drain the liquid using a cheese cloth or strainer and set the ginger aside.
  5. Return liquid to the pan and add sugar. Cook this over medium heat and continue to stir until sugar dissolves.
  6. Cool, pour into an airtight container for storage, then piece together your beverage together.
To assemble:
Squeeze a quarter or the fresh lemon and lime into a glass, add mint leaves (sliced or chopped) and 3 tablespoons of the syrup. Add 6 ounces sparkling water and stir. Adjust taste as needed. You may want more syrup or more mint, ya know. Do your thing. Then add ice and enjoy.

OH! Remember those pieces of ginger you set aside...don't waste them. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle sugar all over them. Let them sit out overnight and you'll have candied ginger in the morning. (Mine is still laying out so I don't know how good it is yet, but I figured, what the heck, let's try it out.) I saw this idea here.
Cheers!

Erica

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