Ginger Limeade

I tried this summery drink the other day and loved it. It is a perfect accompaniment to a warm evening. It is sweet and refreshing, and the ginger adds a nice, subtle zing that rounds out the flavor.

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

Makes 4 one cup servings

¾ cup sugar
¼ cup boiling water
1½ tsp peeled & grated fresh ginger **see note

1½ tsp grated lime zest
¾ cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

Whisk these ingredients in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves. Strain mixture through a sieve into a pitcher. Add 2½ cups of cold water. Chill completely. Garnish with lime slices if desired.

**when shopping for ginger look for skin that is smooth, unblemished, and slightly translucent. Avoid shriveled & discolored ginger. You can peel it with a vegetable peeler, but it is easier to peel using a spoon to scrape off the skin and get around the arms more easily. After you have peeled a portion (or the whole thing) grate the needed amount with a Microplane® grater. Wrap unused ginger tightly in plastic wrap. It will keep in the fridge for about 3 weeks, and the freezer up to 6 months.

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