There’s Nothing Like A Cool Drink: Spiked Ginger Beer
I love summertime in Chicago. The weather is amazing. If you live in a cold weather state, you are enjoying as much of the outdoors as you can before another artic blast arrives. Summer is the perfect time for barbecues, get togethers, outdoor parties, festivals, outdoor concerts, lounging on the deck, and all things fun.
With all the fun in the sun, you will want to pack your picnic basket or fill your cooler. You won’t want to miss your chance to drink something cool and refreshing. And you cannot forget about your guests. You will want to serve them drinks they will enjoy. I have a drink recipe that is sure to please you and your crowd. You will need limes, mint, simple syrup, ginger beer, and your favorite clear rum.
Spiked Ginger Beer
1 750ml bottle clear rum NOTE: A 750ml bottle is also known as a fifth. 750ml is approximately 25.3 ounces.
4 12ounce cans ginger beer
20 cleaned mint leaves
4 cups simple syrup (see recipe below)
juice from 6 limes
ONEBreak leaves in half.
TWOCombine lime juice & mint leaves in a bowl.
THREEWith a pestle, muddle (press) the leaves to release the natural mint flavor.
FOURRemove mint leaves from the lemon juice.
FIVEIn a large pitcher, add mint flavored lime juice with remaining ingredients.
SIXStir all ingredients to thoroughly combine.
SEVENBest served chilled or over ice.
3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups water
ONECombine sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
TWOConstantly stir mixture to dissolve sugar over medium heat.
THREEAllow to cool.
FOURAdd to your favorite cocktail or mocktail.