As the dreary wet February days float by, we realized we are SO READY FOR SUMMER! We got together for another exciting ladies night in, and thought this tropical drink might just chase away those winter blues.
We knew we wanted to create a cocktail with some ginger, but had a little trouble finding a recipe that appealed to all of us. So off to the grocery store we went and put together what we thought would be a winning combination.
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsp ginger, grated or chopped fine
handful mint leaves
tsp vanilla extract
fresh pineapple diced small
Simple Syrup: In a saucepan on medium heat combine sugar, water, ginger, mint leaves and vanilla. Heat until sugar is dissolved and let cool to room temperature. Makes enough syrup for approximately 6 drinks.
Add an 1-1.5 ounces of the simple syrup to 1 ounce of spiced rum over ice. Scoop in a spoonful of pineapple chunks and a couple mint leaves, and then top off with club soda. Squeeze some lime juice in, stir and serve.
This drink turned out quite tasty, and we definitely will be making it again with rum, or as a mocktail! The tiny chunks of pineapple added a bit of crunch to the drink.... which sounds weird, but somehow it totally worked with the ginger syrup. If you don't want the bits you could easily replace with larger pieces or with a splash of pineapple juice.