Ginger martini

  • Preparation Time12 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves2
  • DifficultyEasy
85ml vodka, any flavour
15-25ml ginger syrup, recipe follows
1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
Twist of lemon or lime

For the ginger syrup

1 lemon
225g coarsely chopped fresh ginger with peel
225g caster sugar
500ml water
1) Fill a cocktail shaker or small jug with ice. Add the vodka, ginger syrup, and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously, or stir, until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, by the time the shaker mists up the drink is ready.) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add twist and serve.

2) For the ginger syrup: Remove the outer peel of the lemon with a vegetable peeler, taking care not to include too much of the bitter white pith. Finely chop the lemon peel and ginger in a food processor.

3) Transfer the lemon-ginger mixture to a medium saucepan, add the sugar and water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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