Summer Refreshment

Last August my daughter opted for dinner and shopping in the city instead of a birthday party; smart kid. The restaurant was pretty, low lit, had banquet seating and attentive staff. The kids started with a modern version of the “mocktails” we used to drink; think Shirley Temple in our day but without the ghastly amounts of sugar and colour. My daughter’s was so good I recreated a version of it at home. You can use this base to mix with club soda, ginger ale, San Pelligrino or for the adults, add it to your G&T. At a recent camp out for my best friend’s birthday, I brought this for our late afternoon cocktails by the lake. It was a posh drink in a plastic cup and it was a huge success! Below are very simple instructions – you can add more or less of whichever ingredient you like best. Enjoy your summer sipping!

Lime, Ginger, Mint Fizzy Drink
1 handful fresh, washed mint
1 3” piece of fresh ginger
6 limes
Chop the mint into ribbons and the ginger into small pieces. Zest two of the limes and juice all six. Mix all of these ingredients together and add a pinch of sugar. Leave this mixture to “marinate” in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (or longer). Using a piece of cheesecloth, strain the liquid into another container; this liquid should be a lovely pale green colour! Use this with club soda, ginger ale or San Pelligrino. Also delicious with a gin & tonic – serve with lots of ice.

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