When the hubby goes out of town, I like to make myself a girly drink of some sort. Usually that involves Chambord, since he’s not a big fan of it, but I almost feel like I’ve exhausted all of my new and interesting options there.
Earlier this week, I had an epiphany: ginger! I love ginger, but the hubby is not a fan. I’d say fresh ginger is one of his least favorite flavors, and he would certainly turn up his nose at a cocktail based on ginger. My Google-fu led me to a few ginger martini recipes, most of which were pretty complicated… so I decided to simplify a bit.
Rather than make a ginger syrup, I just used simple syrup I already had in the fridge, plus crystallized ginger I already had in the pantry. Ba-da bing. I’m sure it would be more flavorful with the ginger syrup, but I wasn’t exactly planning ahead here.
Regardless, it was a tasty, extra-gingery cocktail — just the kind the hubby would turn his nose up at. Success!
Inspired by this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
1/2 oz simple syrup
3-5 chunks crystallized ginger
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz lime juice
Combine the simple syrup and ginger in the bottom of a shaker and muddle well. Add the vodka, lime juice, and plenty of ice cubes. Shake vigorously until your hands are freezing their balls off* and strain into a martini glass.
* Just seeing if you’re paying attention!