Ginger syrup and a Twin Peaks-inspired cocktail original: The Sarah Palmer.

Ginger whole. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Ginger whole. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Mmm, ginger. Deliciously spicy and fresh, this little rhizome makes for a great cocktail companion if you know how to use it. A ginger syrup like the one in this post can easily be combined with seltzer water for a homemade ginger ale (whiskey gingers, anyone?). We'll be using this syrup to honor the unique crazy that is Twin Peaks, with a cocktail inspired by the oft-screaming mother of Laura, Sarah Palmer:

Sarah Palmer, Twin Peaks. Photo from http://twinpeaks.wikia.com/wiki/Sarah_Palmer
Sarah Palmer, Twin Peaks. Photo from http://twinpeaks.wikia.com/wiki/Sarah_Palmer

So. Good.

But first: The syrup!

Ginger Syrup

You'll need:

  • Simple syrup, complete to step 2
  • A nice chunk of ginger (about 3 inches long or so), peeled and sliced

Peel and slice your ginger. I used a vegetable peeler here with excellent results. Your slices don't need to be uniform. Just slice-y.

Sliced ginger. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Sliced ginger. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Add ginger slices to your simple syrup and simmer on low/medium heat for at least 10 minutes. Let ginger steep in simple syrup while it cools. Strain.

Ginger slices in syrup. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Ginger slices in syrup. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Note: You can toss your dried post-syrup ginger slices in sugar for candied ginger!

Once cool, I'd recommend breaking out your gin and making yourself a delicious Sarah Palmer cocktail: A boozy, ginger-lemonade play on the good ol' Arnold Palmer (1/2 iced tea, 1/2 lemonade). How? I'm so glad you asked:

Recipe: "Sarah Palmer," a Sara Galactica cocktail original.

Photos by Andrea Holodnick.

Ginger Syrup and Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Ginger Syrup and Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz gin of your choice (I used a London Dry style here. More on what that means in a future post!)
  • 1 oz ginger syrup
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz black tea, cool
  • Angostura bitters
  • Club soda

Tools

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Citrus zester
  • Citrus juicer of your choosing (or, y'know, your hands)
  • Cocktail glass, preferably a highball glass like the one I used

Fill your shaker about halfway with ice. Add gin (not pictured below, because I figured that'd be pretty heavy on shots of me pouring things), lemon juice, ginger syrup, tea and 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Juicing lemon. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Juicing lemon. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Lemon juice. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Lemon juice. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Ginger syrup. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Ginger syrup. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Secure lid on shaker, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Extra points if you scream LEEEEELAAANND!!!! or WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE?!?! or NOOOOOOOOOUHHH!!!!! while you do.

Strain over ice into highball glass. Top with a touch of club soda for a bit of fizz. Stir gently.

Top with club soda. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Top with club soda. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Add a twist. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Add a twist. Sarah Palmer cocktail. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Place Twist. Admire.

Sarah Palmer [Twin Peaks-inspired cocktail]. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.
Sarah Palmer [Twin Peaks-inspired cocktail]. Photo by Andrea Holodnick.

Drink it like that gum you like is going to come back in style. (link)