Some Like It Hot

Do you love spicy food? Drinks? Maybe you're a ginger fanatic? I've got a tasty ginger drink for you to try. I first came across the liquid ginger, lemon, and mint combo at Manakeesh Bakery and Cafe (at 45th and Walnut for my Philly friends)and immediately fell in love. Spicy, tart and oh so refreshing with a hint of sweetness, it was everything I look for in a drink. This weekend I brewed my own version and it was AMAZING (and significantly less expensive than the restaurant version). It was a labor of love, but definitely worth it.

Note: if you don't like things spicy or are not crazy for ginger, this isn't the recipe for you ;)

Ginger Zinger
Makes 2 quarts of concentrate

6oz Ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped 
6 cups water + 1 Tbsp

5 lemons
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)

In a blender or food processor, combine the peeled ginger root and tablespoon of water. Blend until smooth. Combine the ginger purée and 6 cups water in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add a lid, and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the stove and allow the mixture to sit, covered for eight to twelve hours.

Meanwhile, zest or peel (faster) all of the lemons. Then juice each lemon. In a small pot, combine the 2 cups sugar and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the mixture begins to move sluggishly (like a thin syrup), approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the lemon peel and mint leaves if using. Let sit for twenty minutes and then strain.

Combine the ginger liquid with lemon juice and infused syrup and store in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy, shake or stir the mixture (the ginger pulp sinks to the bottom) and combine the concentrate with water. Start out with a one to one ratio and add more concentrate or water if desired. For two quarts of concentrate, the ingredients cost $4, which is a big savings compared to the typical $4.50 for 16oz of the pre-made drink.

Ginger puree
Bubbling with flavor
A whole lot of lemon action
Sweetness infused with a tad of bitterness

A spicy drink enjoyed with a spiky dino pal

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