We are a mere two days away from the summer solstice! This means that, unfortunately, the days will be getting shorter but we are now into the season that (especially in the midwest) has incredible sunsets & awe-worthy rainstorms and thunderstorms. Yesterday was one such occasion where thunder was roaring and lighting crackling in the sky. Rain came down like sheets, blowing like fabric in the wind. It was a much needed break from the stifling humidity, providing a slight chill to the ever-increasing warmth of the summertime air.
I always thought it would be fun to make dark & stormys when a storm like that blew in and to just sit & sip with someone you love. However, I don’t have anyone like that so in the spirit of the idea, I made ginger simple syrup instead for when the time comes, perhaps I’ll be ready.
Ginger Simple Syrup
1.5 c. water
1 c. sugar
about two inches of ginger root
With a knife or peeler, peel the skin from the ginger and roughly chop. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the peels, chopped ginger root, water, and sugar. Heat to a boil and let boil for 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure no crystals form. Transfer to a glass jar or container to cool, leaving the gingers pieces in the syrup for 2-4 hours. Strain the ginger out before using and refrigerate.