Okay, okay, I admit to getting a little carried away with my phone app on this one, but at the time I took this picture, it just felt so right. I was home alone on a sweltering day and wasn’t feeling too hot. I had a whole bunch of limes left over from a party and a huge piece of ginger I had picked up at an Asian market. I wanted something cold, sweet, and with a bit of a kick to it. Answer: ginger limeade.
Making this delightful nectar is extremely easy. First you need to make a simple syrup which is nothing more than water and sugar. Add one part sugar to one part water in a pot on the stove and slowly bring it to a boil until all the sugar dissolves. However, instead of stopping here, I added slices of peeled ginger to the mix. Since I like things nice and strong, I added all the ginger I had (a piece about the size of my hand). Once everything was boiled to my liking, I let the mixture cool before straining it into a bottle.
To make the limeade itself, you might need to practice a bit before you find the combination that best suits your taste. Start by squeezing two limes into a glass filled with ice. Next add the syrup. For a more tart drink, I only use about an ounce (think of a shot glass for reference). For friends, I will often be a bit more heavy handed with the syrup. Lastly, fill the rest of the glass with water (still or carbonated) and either use a shaker or stir to combine.
I think all in all I drank 3 of these that day. That picture you see up there is of my second one because the first one didn’t even make it out of the kitchen!