It’s almost summertime. The days are long, sunny, warm, and this makes me thirsty. To quench that craving, I’ve formulated the following drinks, with benefits (besides the buzz). Adding ginger to your summer drink recipes can obviously add flavor and spice, but ginger is also known to enhance circulation, increase energy and stimulate blood flow – all requirements if you want to be the last one standing at the party.
No. III (recipe link)
1 part Strawberry / Rhubarb / Ginger Syrup*
1 part Vodka
1 part Moscato
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice & a twist
*Bring 12oz ginger syrup to a simmer with ½ cup fresh sliced strawberries and ½ cup fresh cut rhubarb. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, strain and bottle.
Product used: The Ginger People® Ginger Syrup item #21400.
Whiskey Shrub (recipe link)
2 oz Makers Mark
1 oz Huckleberry/Ginger Shrub*
1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Ginger Beer
*Shrub is not a bush in this case. It’s a vinegar based drink, popular in colonial days, created to preserve different fruits. They add incredible dimension, tang and flavor when added to drinks. I made this one with wild huckleberries picked from the forest in Pebble Beach, CA.
Take 12 oz of apple cider vinegar, 4 oz balsamic vinegar, 2 cups of huckleberries (or blackberries), ¼ cup minced ginger, ½ cup ginger syrup, 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper and let sit in a sealed glass tupperware for 7 days. Shake daily and then strain and bottle. Will last several months, refrigerated.
Products used: The Ginger People® Original Ginger Beer item #99001 – made with The Ginger People® fresh pressed Ginger Juice item #30105, fresh frozen.
The Ginger People® Minced Ginger item #50401 shelf stable ginger puree or item #35116 Ginger Puree, fresh frozen.
Car Pear Diem (recipe link)
2 oz Cardamom / Ginger infused Gin*
2 oz Fresh Asian Pear Juice
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp Vanilla bean paste
Dash of Orange bitters
*infuse a 175ml bottle of premium Gin with 1 cup candied ginger and one cardamom pod for 2 weeks. Strain and re-bottle.
Product used: The Ginger People® item #40346 Minced Candied Ginger 2-5mm or item #21240 Extra Fine Dice Candied Ginger 3-7mm.
By providing original and unique ginger recipes to our readers, we hope to inspire flavor pairings and usage suggestions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adapting any of the original recipes from The Ginger People® into your product development, request samples or speak to me about an existing project you’re working on with ginger ingredients.