Vodka Ginger Lemonade | Robyns.World

Thirsty? How about a nice tall glass of Vodka Ginger Lemonade? Ahh, refreshing!

While summer is officially over there are still lots of warm days and picnics happening in my neck of the woods. This is an easy recipe to make whenever you are having company.

The ginger is a really nice zing of flavor added to the lemonade. Fresh ginger root can be found in most produce departments these days and it is really inexpensive. Look for it near the fresh garlic, that is where it seems to always be in the stores I shop at. It is not the prettiest of food items, but trust me that it is really delicious.

ginger root

Scrub the piece of ginger under water to wash it. To peel the ginger root you can use a metal spoon actually. Just scrape the edge of the spoon against the ginger root to remove the outer skin. It is a bit tricky to get all the skin off, don’t worry about it. Just peel it the best you can. This is why you wash it first also so that if you don’t get all the skin off it is not a big deal. Once it is washed and peeled just slice it. You are not going to actually eat the pieces of ginger anyway in this recipe. Peeling and slicing it just gives more surface area so that you get the most flavor out of it when you steep it in the simple syrup. Ginger freezes well if you buy more than you need. You can just wash and dry it and place in a freezer bag and pop into the freezer for up to 6 months. When needed just take it out of the freezer and use it, no need to thaw first. An important note, powdered ginger that you find in the spice aisle is not a substitute in this recipe. You really need fresh ginger root to make this.

Now for the vodka. If you are not a drinker you can leave the vodka out of this recipe and it will still be a great twist on lemonade because of the ginger. For those that are going to use vodka, I gave a pretty wide range of the amount. How much you use is up to you. Start with a lessor amount and taste, you can always add more vodka if you want it stronger.

When you are serving this the ice cubes really help make it extra refreshing. If you make some regular lemonade (no vodka) and freeze in ice cube trays it will add a bit more flavor as it melts. Regular water ice cubes will dilute the lemonade and it will be watery as you get to the bottom of the glass.

Cheers!

Robyn

 

Vodka Ginger Lemonade

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, about 8 ounces, peeled and cut into slices
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 16 lemons
  • 8 cups water
  • 2-4 cups vodka
  • ice cubes, preferably made with lemonade
  • lemon slices, for garnish and extra flavor

Directions

In a large saucepan combine sugar and equal part water. Stir gently and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Be careful to not let the mixture start to brown, lower heat if necessary. Once sugar is dissolved fully, add in the slices of ginger. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let mixture cool and ginger steep for about 30-45 minutes. Strain mixture to remove ginger. Pour into large pitcher or beverage jar. Add lemon juice, remaining water and vodka. Stir well to combine. Add in ice cubes and lemon slices. Serve.

Lemonade Photo Source: Jen Waller via Flickr