Homemade Lavender Ginger Ale

      Homemade Ginger Ale
      Homemade Ginger Ale


      1 cup peeled, sliced ginger root
      5 sprigs lavender (plus more for garnish)
      1 cup raw sugar
      2 cups water
      1 quart sparkling water
      2 limes, quartered (plus more for garnish)


      In a small saucepan, bring the ginger, lavender, sugar, and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes. Either strain the liquid into a 2-cup measure, or use a slotted spoon to remove the ginger slices and lavender sprigs. You should have about 1 ½ - 1 ¾ cup of ginger syrup. Fill your water glasses (I used mason jars) with ice cubes, pour in ¼ cup of ginger syrup and ¾ cup sparkling water, and squeeze one wedge of lime into the glass. Stir until incorporated. Taste, and add more syrup as needed. Garnish with a few slices of ginger, sprigs of lavender, and a lime wedge, if you so choose.

      Gin and Gingers Cocktail:

      2 cups ginger syrup
      2 cups gin
      1 quart sparkling water
      2 limes, quartered (plus more for garnish)

      Combine 4 ice cubes, 1/4 cup ginger syrup, 1/4 cup gin, and 1/2 cup sparkling water in a tall water glass. Stir to incorporate. Garnish with a lime wedge.