Whether you’re experiencing impeccable, beautiful sun-shiny days or are stuck in the throes of dreary, rainy weather that’s lingering like the hellacious polar vortex of last winter, the summer months deserve to be celebrated with a fantastic libation. Or at the very least, a cocktail can serve as a distraction from dreariness until better weather comes around.
While gin can be used to make some stupendous drinks year-round, summertime is prime-time for downing gin. It’s pine-y, herbaceousness just tastes like summer.
So, what you’re gonna wanna be drinkin’ is the Sparkling Gin-ger Peach cocktail. Why? Because it’s freakin’ delicious enough to be worthy of celebrating warm summer days and lifting one’s spirits when the sun is flipping you the proverbial bird. So get yourself to the grocery store and pick up some limes, some ginger root, and throw in some fresh mint while you’re at it.
Sparkling Gin-ger Peach Cocktail
- 2 oz. Gin (I used Solveig)
- 2 oz. Peach Mango Sparkling Water
- 1 1/2 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
- Generous splash of lime juice
- Mint, for garnish
Pour gin, sparkling water, ginger simple syrup and lime juice into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir. Add a sprig of fresh mint, for garnish. Sip, and enjoy.
Optional: Muddle a sprig or two of mint in the glass prior to adding the other ingredients for a cool, refreshing bite.
Ginger Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup agave sweetener
- 1 cup water
- 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
In a small saucepan, bring sugar, agave sweetener, ginger pieces and water to a boil. Stir to ensure sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for an additional 15 minutes, or longer if you’d like a stronger flavor. Remove ginger pieces and cool before using.
I reckon this cocktail would also be fabulous made with fresh peach puree (sadly, it’s not peach season... yet).
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