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Ginger Lime Spritzer

from A Summer Concert Picnic

This bright, citrusy and spicy spritzer can easily turn into a cordial with a splash of your favorite spirits, such as vodka or tequila.

Makes 4 servings

1½ cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (3-inch) knob of ginger, peeled and sliced
Zest of 1 lime
½ cup lime juice
Mint
Soda water

In a small pot over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water, ginger and zest (grated green peel) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes.

Once cooled, remove ginger and add lime juice. Transfer to a sealed bottle and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 2 cups of syrup.

For individual servings, muddle a sprig of mint in a highball glass, add ice, 1½ ounces (or adjust to your desired sweetness) syrup and top off with soda water. Stir, garnish with a mint leaf and serve. For multiple servings, muddle 3 sprigs of mint in a pitcher. Add 1 cup of ginger-lime syrup and 3 cups of soda water; stir to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with more mint.

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