The unfortunate circumstance of being a twenty-something (and trying to avoid becoming a budding alcoholic) is that almost every social occasion is supplemented with alcohol. If you also happen to be a foodie, it’s hard to resist partnering a killer cocktail with a delicious dinner or relaxing into a long-prepped dinner with the perfectly partnered bottle of wine.
In an attempt to reduce my alcohol consumption significantly, I’ve started to think about making non-alcoholic drinks that are equally delicious and satisfying to partner with my meals. Happily, it has worked splendidly and has eliminated that wine-buzz, food coma, I-don’t-have-any-energy-left-to-do-the-dishes feeling.
Though in the case that I am ready for a yummy cocktail, I will certainly consider putting a little whiskey, vodka or rum in one of these to ‘wow’ a guest, or myself. 🙂
Homemade Ginger Ale
yields: 1 drink
6 oz. club soda or seltzer water
1 oz. ginger simple syrup
1/2 lime, cut into 3 wedges
6-8 sprigs of mint
In a glass, start to build the drink with the ginger syrup. Squeeze limes and drop into glass. Add mint leaves and muddle. Add enough ice to fill the glass. Top with soda. Either stir with a long spoon or pour into another glass & back to the original glass to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.