On Easter, the Partner and I hosted an Easter potluck for a group of our friends. Everyone brought a little something and I ended up making coconut cream cupcakes but what was the hit of the party were the delicious cocktails the other half was mixing at the bar. We recreated our Palm Springs experience by having greyhounds but decided to add another cocktail to the menu, a kaffir lime sour with ginger…..
This tart and citrus concoction was the perfect foil to the mountains of food we consumed – it is light, refreshing and bubbly thanks to a splash of sparkling water. I think this may be my go-to drink as the weather heats up!
Kaffir Lime Sour With Ginger
– Ginger Simple Syrup
– Hanger One Kaffir Lime Vodka
– 1/2 lemon
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup fresh grated ginger
– sparking water
1) Make the ginger syrup: Combine grated ginger, sugar, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature for at least one hour; strain out solids if desired. Ginger simple syrup will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
2) Make the cocktail. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine 1¾ oz. lime vodka, ¾ oz. ginger syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Shake vigorously and pour out into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water to taste.
Recipe modified from Sauver.com.
[photo credit: Anna Stockwell]
Sometimes people bring you back things from their vacations that while nice gestures, are pretty much useless and destined for the Goodwill box. Fortunately, The Partner’s trip to Bali proved fruitful on numerous levels the least being all the wonderful bits and baubles that he bought. I will be sharing those next week now that I have them organized. But there is something else he brought back with him that makes me exceedingly happy…..this recipe for ginger lemongrass tea.
Prepared for him at the resort complex he stayed at, the tea is a beautiful concoction of herbs and spices. It’s light nature is perfectly suited to be sipped on warm evenings are as I enjoy it, in bed reading a magazine. It’s really quite simple to prepare and aside from the water, it only requires 4 ingredients: lemongrass, honey, a cinnamon stick and fresh ginger.
The recipe below is for one serving of tea. And a word to the wise, don’t substitute lemon juice for the lemongrass or dried ginger for fresh. In both instances, the alternative ingredients overpower the delicate balance of the ingredients.
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I find the tea is the perfect way to relax or take a quiet moment for myself. So if work stresses you out, have a mug of this around 3pm — it is the perfect precursor to happy hour. As for myself, I have a bunch of classwork to complete, so I think I see multiple mugs of tea in my future……
Here is to each of us having the weekend we want and the time to enjoy it!
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