One of these days I’m going to make a drink without ginger. Today is not one of those days. I’ve done several versions of this drink and all have gone over well. Nearly everyone loves this drink, so it’s great for parties. I’ve got a few variations after the recipe:
Gin, strawberry, ginger, basil
1.5 oz. gin
.5 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Vigorously muddle 5-6 rounds of fresh ginger with the simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add 4ish leaves of basil and 2 sliced strawberries and muddle again (this time only lightly bruising the basil, allowing the flavor to release). Add lime and gin and shake with ice. Strain into glass over ice. Garnish with strawberries and basil.
Variations: Ditch the gin and replace with about 2x as much champagne and stir instead. This makes a great cocktail and also a great punch. Or top with soda. Or use mint instead of basil. Or in combination with basil. Use ginger syrup instead of fresh ginger. Yum. I’m having this one right now.