Friday, June 25, 2010

Me Oh My.

I'd be willing to bet that you're looking forward to the first official weekend of summer... so I thought I'd send out another amazing cocktail recipe from Design Sponge in order to celebrate!  Although I think I might be a little more excited about USA playing Ghana tomorrow (fingers crossed!) than I am about all the heat... however, this cocktail looks like the perfect way to celebrate and cool off.  What better way to do that than Ginger and Strawberry Bubbles?  Me oh my.  Happy summer indeed.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Homemade Ginger Ale:
2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/8 tsp active dry yeast
7 cups water
In a small pot, add the grated ginger, sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve. Remove pan from heat and let the syrup steep and cool for about 30 minutes.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve. Mix with the lemon juice, yeast and 2 qts of water. Whisk together and using a funnel, pour into a plastic bottle. Screw the cap on the bottle. Make sure it is a plastic bottle and not glass as the gases from the fermentation can crack the glass jar.
Let it ferment at room temperature for about 2 days until carbonation forms. Make sure to refrigerate after it starts to carbonate.
Strawberry Consommé:
1 lb fresh strawberries, sliced
½ cup sugar
In a bowl, toss together the strawberries and sugar. Cover the bowl and let them macerate for 24 hours. The strawberries will release all their juices.
Strain through a fine sieve. Do not press the strawberries too much as we only want to collect the clear juice.
1/2 cup homemade ginger ale
1 Tbs strawberry consommé
1 Tbs vodka to taste (optional)
Fresh lemon slices
In a rocks glass mix the ingredients.  Add ice to chill.  Squeeze a fresh lemon to taste and garnish with fresh lemon and strawberry slices.  Serve and enjoy!


Mariel Torres said...

i must try this one of these warm and humid summer afternoons :)

John said...

This looks really good, but I need you to make it for me! Bunny Luv!

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