Two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal's weekend edition had a recipe for a cocktail named the Presbyterian. Not only is it a great name, turns out it is a great drink. One of the ingredients is ginger syrup. Of course I made my own, you can too, it is easy.
4 ounces fresh ginger, sliced
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
Combine the ginger, sugar, water, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes. The smell is great! Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve and transfer to a pretty bottle.
2 ounces rye whiskey
3/4 ounce ginger syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Fill a double old fashioned glass with ice and add whiskey, lime juice, and ginger syrup. Give it a good stir, top with a bit of soda water, and stir gently. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger and a lime wheel.
Can easily be made for a party. Add all the ingredients except the soda water to a large pitcher. Pour individual drinks as needed and top with soda water.