I originally posted this as a comment over at Unfogged, but I think it’s worth reposting here. I have to share with you the most delicious of beverages, which I have just concocted from a recipe of my own design.
First! Boil 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan for 4-5 minutes, and then add approximately 6 inches of peeled fresh ginger, sliced. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, strain out the ginger, and reduce the remaining liquid to an oozy syrup. Put the ginger in a Mason jar, pour over the syrup, cool to room temperature, and store in your refrigerator.
Later that same day! Pour an appropriate amount of cold gin into the glass of your choosing. Stir in two good teaspoons of the ginger syrup. Do you wish to add a piece of the candied ginger as well? By all means!
Stir vigorously! Top with a splash of soda water! Enjoy what I have decided to call the “Double Gin-ger.”
Drink one, and then post about it to your blog. Huzzah!