I’ve had a Soda Stream for about a year and a half now and I mostly use it for plain seltzer or to make soda with the pre-made syrups. It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that I should be making my own syrups. No artificial ingredients, the exact flavors I’m craving, and unique ingredients. It’s fancy cocktail time!!!
Clearly that has not happened until now. All of this started with a quest to find square whiskey glasses with giant ice cubes. A couple of months ago I went to Fort Reno, a fantastic little BBQ joint by my apartment and was blown away by their cocktail list. I don’t remember exactly what was in my drink but I know it contained bourbon (obviously), root beer, and vanilla bitters.
I’m not quite ready to make vanilla bitters, so my first foray into syrup making is filled with familiar flavors – orange and ginger. The syrup is fresh, bright, and tastes fully of orange and spicy ginger. Keep the syrup in the fridge ready to add to seltzer or cocktails for whenever you want to add an orange-ginger twist. I made you TWO drinks today!
Drink #1 – Orange Ginger Seltzer – Fill a pint glass with ice and add 1-2 tablespoons of syrup depending on your preference. Add seltzer to fill the glass and stir with a straw. Garnish with with an orange slice if desired. This is a light and refreshing beverage for people of all ages.
Drink #2 – Orange Ginger Bourbon – Add one (awesome) giant ice cube to a whiskey glass. Pour in a shot of your favorite bourbon. Add 1/2-1 tablespoon of orange-ginger syrup. Fill the glass with seltzer and use a straw to stir. Garnish with an orange slice. This is a delightful beverage for those 21 and over!
However you use your orange-ginger syrup, it’s going to be a good time.
One Year Ago – Eggplant Pizza
Ginger Orange Syrup
Yield – 6 ounces
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 inch piece of ginger
- Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan.
- Peel just the orange part off the orange and add to the saucepan. Squeeze the juice from the orange into the saucepan.
- Peel the ginger and cut into 4 pieces and add to the saucepan as well. Cook until the mixture simmers and all the sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool completely. Pick out the orange peel and the ginger pieces.
- Place the syrup in a small bottle and store in the fridge until you are ready to use.It’s Friday, it’s a holiday weekend. Make this happen!