When I first tried this recipe, I got it wrong. I was so excited to try this that I read it too fast. I didn’t simmer it as long as it was supposed to. I must admit it was still quite good, but I had to use about a cup of the ginger mixture to a 12 oz can of seltzer water.
Also, as I mentioned at the bottom, it’s an adapted recipe; therefore, to keep it healthy, I used agave instead of the regular white sugar.
Anyhoo, read the directions quite carefully and enjoy.
• 2 cups ginger (fresh, peeled, and chopped)
• 3 strips lemon peel (about 4 inches each; yellow part only)
• 4 cups water
• 1 1/2 cups raw organic agave
• Lemon or Lime juice
• Seltzer water
• Optional: ice cubes
In a saucepan, place ginger, lemon peel, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer at a low boil, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
Add agave, stirring constantly, and continue to boil until reduced to about 3 cups (about 15 minutes).
Place a fine wire strainer over a large bowl. Pour in the ginger syrup to separate the solids from liquids. Discard the lemon peel
Allow the ginger simple syrup to cool before pouring into a glass container. Seal it tightly and chill at least 1 hour until it’s cold.
When ready to serve, for each 16-ounce serving, mix 1/4 cup ginger simple syrup and 1 tbsp. lemon or lime juice with 1-12 oz. cup cold club soda and pour over ice. Additional ginger syrup or sugar may be added to sweeten it to fit your taste.
Store the ginger simple syrup in the refrigerator. It should be good for up to one week.