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:
But first: The syrup!
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
Add a twist worthy of Leland Palmer's surprise hair color change:
Place Twist. Admire.