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Vodka Ginger Lemonade

Photo: Ray Kachatorian
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 6 mins
Stand time 15 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
The first thing you'll notice is the lemon's mellow tartness, then sweetness before the low gingery heat settles in. All that excitement in one sip.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups vodka
  • Garnish: candied ginger

How to Make It

  1. Bring 1 cup water, sugar, and ginger to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir constantly about 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.

  2. Pour sparkling water, lemon juice, vodka, and 1 cup of the ginger simple syrup over ice in a large pitcher; stir gently. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.

  3. Serve It in Style: For an eye-catching addition to your table, serve your drinks in a samovar. Traditionally used to heat water for Russian tea, samovars can be used for cold drinks, too. Diamond Cut Samovar, suggested retail $410, by GO Home Ltd.; e-mail info@gohomeltd.com for retailers.