Friday, June 21, 2013

Lime Ginger Mint Cooler


 Limes are always a must have in my kitchen. I was lucky to get a great value on limes recently and so after I took advantage of my savings I had to figure out what to do with all these limes. This Lime Cooler came to mind quickly.  I decided to jazz it up with a Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup.  This drink is refreshing and really tickles your taste-buds.  You can make it as tart or sweet as you want by making more or less of the simple syrup. I made it more on the tart end because I love a good "pucker" to my lemon or lime drinks.

1 cup of fresh lime juice
1 batch of  Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup: (see recipe below)
4 cups of water
ice (optional)
lime slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish

Notes:  I added one batch of the simple syrup for a sweet/tart flavored cooler.  You can add more simple syrup to tailor it to your taste. 

Make the Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup and allow it to cool.  Squeeze lime juice.  Add water, lime juice and as much simple syrup as you wish to make sweet. Serve cold or over ice.

  Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup:

 To make 1 batch:
Boil 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 inch of sliced ginger.  Bring to a boil for 2-3.  Turn stove off and add 4-5 mint leaves.  Allow to steep and cool. Strain ginger and mint before using. 

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