This homemade mint and ginger ale is a handy thing to have in the fridge. Refreshing poured over ice with some extra mint, a wedge of lime and topped with soda water – its a great thirst-quencher. Come the evening, the syrup can be transformed into a cooling cocktail by adding a shot of gin, vodka or rum. Keep it stocked!
Mint and Ginger Ale (with cocktail version)
1 cup chopped ginger
2 and 1/2 cups water (cold)
3/4 cup mint leaves
5 green cardamon pods
1/2 cup sugar
Extra lime and mint for garnish
Gin, vodka or Rum (optional cocktail version)
1. Blend chopped ginger to get it mushy and exuding juice. Open cardamon pods and remove seeds.
2. In a saucepan add the ginger and it’s juice, water, mint leaves, cloves and cardamon seeds.
3. Bring mixture to the boil then remove from heat and cool completely.
4. Strain mint and ginger water reserving the liquid. Place back in the saucepan and add sugar. Bring to the boil again then turn to simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove pan from heat and let syrup cool completely. Juice your lime and add this last to the cooled syrup.
5. Fill a glass with ice, pour in some mint and ginger ale syrup, top with sparkling water and garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.
6. If you are making the cocktail version: Fill a tumbler glass with ice, mint leaves and a couple squeezed wedges of lime. Add 30ml gin, vodka or rum, 60ml mint ginger syrup and top with sparkling water.