Ginger Zinger


Make up a big batch of ginger syrup and you’ll be ready for cocktails or a quick hot toddy if a cold starts lurking about.

Ginger Syrup recipe:
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
4 inches of fresh ginger peeled and sliced into thin coins

Bring the water and ginger to a boil.  Allow to simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes (longer for spicier syrup).  Stir in the sugar and allow to dissolve completely.  Simmer for another 5-10 minutes.  Strain out the ginger. (Bonus: You now have the beginnings of homemade candied ginger.  Enjoy!) Cool.  The syrup will store for at least a month in a mason jar in the fridge.

The Ginger Zinger will warm you up and cure what ails you.

6 ounces hot water
2 tablespoons ginger syrup
1 lemon wedge
Add a little bit (very little bit) of cayenne for more kick.

Combine the hot water and syrup in a mug. Squeeze in a lemon wedge and taste. Add a pinch of cayenne if your day needs a little zing.

This drink can easily be spiked with a shot of whisky for a warming hot toddy.

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