The Kentucky Derby is upon us. And though Sarabeth and I will always be Floridians, it is my old Kentucky home I miss. The Derby is the embodiment of spring. It is finally, hopefully, warming up in Louisville, there are big hats that appeal to the anglophile in me, and beautiful horses. I have never been to the Derby, and have actually only been to one horserace before. But, if you have never been to a horse race, trust me that one is enough to hook you for life! Since the Derby will air at about 3 am our time on Sunday morning, we won’t be watching any of the racing, but I can assure you that starting next year, our house will begin having annual Derby festivities.
As I sit here in India wishing there were rolling fields with fences and ponies near by, drinking a fresh ginger lime soda, I realized that this is a perfect spring/Derby drink. And so, since those in the States may be in need for a fun new drink this weekend, here is a great one!
4 oz. peeled, grated ginger (about 3/4 C)
1 C fresh lime juice
1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C ice cubes
The Syrup Begin by creating a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Stir often until the sugar completely dissolves. Allow the syrup to simmer for 2 more minutes and then remove from heat. Add the grated ginger to the syrup, cover with a lid, and allow it to steep for 20 minutes.
The Concentrate After 20 minutes, stir in the lime juice. Using a fine sieve, strain the mixture, pressing it down to ensure all of the liquid is released from the pulp. Add the ice cubes to the strained liquid and discard the pulp. Store in a jar in the frig. (can also be frozen for future use)
The Drink I use a 2:1 ratio for this drink. 2 parts club soda:1 part concentrate. The ginger is a little strong, and so if you prefer a more mild drink, simply use more club soda. We also keep a basic simple syrup (1 C water and 1 C sugar heated on the stove until the sugar has dissolved) on hand for this drink as well as tea. I add about 1 tsp of basic simple syrup for a glass.
This is a quick and easy drink. It’s great to have the concentrate on hand, and it would be easy to do for a large group or just a quiet family get together before Saturday’s races.
I apologize for the lack of photos . . . again. They are coming. Evan is out of town with the camera and the pictures, so they will be added upon his return.
*This recipe (and picture) is adapted from here. Ginger lime sodas are served in many South Indian restaurants, and that is where we originally had one.