Spiked Honey Ginger Lemonade Cocktail

honey ginger drinkThis is a guest post from my brother-in-law, Adam. He is a food connoisseur and Director of Training, Talent, and Community Partnership at Levy Restaurants:
I wanted to make a refreshing and light summery mass cocktail for my housewarming BBQ in Brooklyn.  I decided on making a spiked honey ginger lemonade using my favorite honey.  On the day before the party, I started by making a ginger simple syrup, I also froze three-liter bottles of water.  I have a great samovar I got from a hotel sale, and about 20 minutes before my guests arrived I filled it with the lemonade (I usually make my own lemonade, but I was running late so I got a nice, not from concentrate fresh store brand), ginger-ale, Brighton honey-ginger syrup, and soda water.  You can adjust the soda water to find the sweetness that will work best for your guests.  I gave everything a good mix then added the frozen liter bottles of water to keep everything cool without watering it down. I served the cocktail over ice with a sprig of Rosemary, I had fresh mint and fresh rosemary so people could choose.  I also left a jar of Brighton honey at the drinks-making station so people could add it to any of the cocktails they were making.  It was a huge hit. The ginger and honey really elevated the flavor profile of the drink.

simmer ginger
Boil one large knuckle of ginger in two cups of water till reduced by half.  Strain and add one cup of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice.



honey ginger covered

Cover and chill overnight.

honey measure


honey ginger spoon
1-gallon lemonade
1-liter ginger ale
1-liter soda water
1 cup Ginger honey simple syrup
1 bottle vodka (nothing too crazy good but not garbage either, I used Tito’s)
Fresh Rosemary and Mint as garnish options
Serve over ice garnished with fresh mint or rosemary.
Cheers, and Enjoy!
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