Cool, refreshing lime and warm, spicy ginger come together in this Ginger Lime Fizz. Enjoy yours as a cocktail or a mocktail for a tasty holiday pick me up.
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Have I told you all how much I love our Soda Stream? We received it as a wedding gift over the summer and it’s easily become one my most used kitchen gadgets. It doesn’t take up much space, it doesn’t require any power, and it looks pretty sitting on my countertop.
When I added it to the registry I expected to use it all the time for sparkling water. However, I didn’t expect to discover how much I like creating homemade simple syrups and developing my very own mocktails and cocktails at home.
One of my favorite creations so far is this Ginger Lime Fizz. With the spice of ginger to warm you up and the cool refreshment of lime to cool you down, it’s the perfect compliment to your crazy, busy holiday season. Whether you want an afternoon mocktail or an evening cocktail, this Ginger Lime Fizz is sure to delight.
One of my favorite things about making cocktails and mocktails at home is that I get to control exactly how much flavor goes into the drink. Whether I want something strong or just a hint of flavor, creating your own syrups at home is an easy way to put that control into your hands.
This Ginger Lime Fizz is made from just four ingredients, five if you count still and sparkling water separately. Start with boiling the still water. You can use a tea kettle or even just a saucepan. Be sure to boil more water than you need, as some of it will evaporate while boiling.
While the water is boiling, prepare the ginger. I’ve made this syrup with sliced, chopped, grated, and shaved ginger and the shaved version works best by far. Also, you must use whole ginger root. The ground, powdered version just won’t provide the bright, vibrant flavors the way fresh does.
Grab your vegetable peeler and remove the peel from a chunk that is about 1″ by 1″ by 2″. Toss the peel and continue to shave off thin strips until you have about 1 ounce of shaved ginger. When placed in a measuring cup it can be tightly packed into a quarter cup or loosely layered into a half cup. The more ginger you use the stronger your tea, but for the best measurement weigh the ginger.
Place the shaved ginger into the bottom of a glass 4-cup measuring cup and add one cup of boiling water. The ginger will bloom out and become very fragrant. Set the timer for 10 minutes and let it steep.
After 10 minutes, line a large sieve with cheesecloth and carefully strain the liquid into a separate bowl. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and gently squeeze any remaining liquid into your ginger tea. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. If the water has gotten cold and the sugar won’t dissolve, you can reheat it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
Once the sugar is dissolved, you now have ginger simple syrup! You’ll want to store this in the fridge in a glass or plastic container with a lid. The jar in the pictures is from some fancy vanilla syrup, but I often store these in half quart or pint sized glass canning jars.
Now that you have your syrup, it’s time to assemble your Ginger Lime Fizz. I used a 12 ounce glass, but all of these measurements can be adjusted based on your glassware and your personal preferences.
Fill your glass with ice, then add 1 TBSP (1/2 ounce) of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 TBSP (1 ounce) ginger simple syrup, 1 cup (8 ounces) fizzy water. If you are using a sodastream to make your fizzy water, I recommend making the water slightly fizzier than you would normally drink it. More bubbles are a good thing when adding other liquids!
If you If you’d like to turn your mocktail into a cocktail, this one works great with bourbon! I use equal parts simple syrup and bourbon, but as always, adjust it to your own taste.
The ginger simple syrup will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Make it now and enjoy it all the way through Christmas – if you can get it to last that long!
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Ginger Lime Fizz Recipe
Ginger Lime Fizz
Make the Ginger Simple Syrup:
- 1 ounce shaved fresh ginger root
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup sugar
Assemble your Mocktail/Cocktail
- 1 TBSP fresh lime juice
- 2 TBSP ginger simple syrup
- 1 cup fizzy water
Make the Ginger Simple Syrup:
Boil the still water - start with at least 1 1/2 cups.
Using your vegetable peeler remove the peel from a chunk of ginger about 1" by 1" by 2". Toss the peel and continue to shave off thin strips until you have about 1 ounce of shaved ginger.
Using a 4 cup measuring cup, fill with 1 cup of boiling water then add the ginger. Set the timer let it steep for 10 minutes.
Line a large sieve with cheesecloth and carefully strain the ginger liquid into a separate bowl. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and gently squeeze any remaining liquid into the bowl.
Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. If the water has gotten cold and the sugar won't dissolve, you can reheat it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
Assemble your Mocktail/Cocktail
Using a 12 ounce glass, fill your glass with ice.
Add 1 TBSP of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 TBSP ginger simple syrup, and 1 cup fizzy water.
Gently stir and serve as a mocktail or add a splash of bourbon for a tasty cocktail!