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homemade ginger simple syrup for moscow mules

 

Make a moscow mule with home made ginger simple syrup and it will be simply marvelous!

Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is basically equal parts water and sugar simmered and reduced to a syrup. This version is flavored with fresh ginger and aromatic spices to give it a zip. It makes the best ginger ale and a marvelous moscow mule cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 3 star anise, whole
  • 2 tsp cardamom pods, whole
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cloves, whole
  • 1 tsp peppercorns, whole
  • 4 ounce piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1" piece of ginger, grated on microplane
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Step 1

Toast spices: anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns over low heat for a few minutes until fragrant.

Step 2

Put ginger and spices in a small pot, cover with sugar and give it a toss. Pour 1 cup water over and heat over low-flame.

Step 3

Simmer about 15 minutes until liquid has reduced and thickened.

Step 4

Strain through mini mesh sieve and funnel into glass jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks.Add 2-3 T syrup to 12 ounces of soda water to make ginger ale.


Moscow Mule Cocktail

A Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug to bring out the flavor of the fresh ginger + lime. The idea is a nice ginger soda with a sneaky bit of vodka.

Ingredients

Yield: 1 serving
  • 2 ounces vodka (I prefer Tito's)
  • 2 ounces ginger simple syrup
  • 2 ounces lime juice/about 1 lime
  • sparkling water (I prefer Perrier)
  • a few mint leaves
  • lime wedge for garnish
  • ice
  • copper mug

Instructions

Step 1

Mix vodka, ginger simple syrup and lime juice in copper mug. Add mint leaves and ice and muddle together.

Step 2

Top with sparkling water, filling the copper mug and stir. Ratio should be about 2:1 sparkling water: other ingredients.

Step 3

Garnish with lime wedge.

Notes

Fun fact: The Moscow Mule is NOT from Moscow, but originated in the U.S. in the 1940's.

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