Blogger CLUE: Homemade Gingerale

blogger CLUE

Come August most people (although I’m not one of them) are ready for fall to arrive and bring cooler weather. To help cope with the late summer sun Blogger Clue is on a mission to bring you recipes to “Beat the Heat!”

This month I was assigned the blog Taking on Magazines written by Christiane aka “The Mom Chef.” I absolutely love the concept behind her blog! Like most of us, we make a recipe and mentally (or if we’re on top of it, physically) make a note as to what we liked and didn’t like in case we made the recipe again. (I have post-it notes in my cookbooks with our reviews and comments.) Christiane took this idea and created a beautiful blog from it. She cooks recipes from magazines, displays the recipe as is, gives a detail on the process, then gives her opinions on what she’d do differently the next time, and finally indicates “the verdict.” Brilliant! Definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” moments.

Given our task to “beat the heat” I limited myself to searching through beverages and salads, although she does have a wonderful selection for ice creams too! (There are a fair amount of sweets being handled in my kitchen right now so I stayed away.) The Grapefruit-Mint Salad sounded like a contender as did the Citrus Dressing and while the Arnold Palmer Slushie was definitely tempting, I couldn’t get my mind off of her Homemade Gingerale!

I noticed as I unloaded my groceries that I accidentally bought orange flavored seltzer water. I decided to run with it and use a little fresh squeezed orange juice in the syrup! Honestly, I couldn’t tell; the gingerale syrup is spot on.

Christiane noted that the original ratio of syrup to setzer was too syrupy for her taste and I thought I’d agree. I found the perfect formula (at least for me) to be 3 tbsp of syrup to 1 1/2 C of seltzer.

Also, I probably broke about fifty parenting rules (please read this as if I were Hermione about to make Polyjuice Potion) and let my 1 year old try a sip. To say he liked it was an understatement!

Homemade Gingerale

Ingredients:

  • 1 4-5″ piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 2 C sugar
  • juice 1 lime
  • juice 1 orange
  • seltzer water

Steps:

  1. Place ginger and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the ginger is finely ground.
  2. Place ginger sugar in a saucepan with 2 C water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat and simmer 30-40 minutes until syrupy. Remove from heat, cover, and let cool 20 minutes. Strain and place in a jar. Syrup can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To serve: Put 3 tbsp of syrup in a large glass with ice and 1 1/2 C seltzer.

*This recipe is adapted from Christiane at http://www.takingonmagazines.com/homemade-ginger-ale-from-all-you-magazine/*

Homemade Gingerale for Blogger CLUE from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Fresh Lemonade

My parents have lime trees. Dad and I would squeeze fresh lime juice in an assembly line fashion. I’d cut and score (cutting a shallow x across the cut surface) the limes while he twisted and squeezed the juice out of them. It almost became a race to see if I could wash and cut limes faster than he could juice them.

We would fill up a few large mason jars of fresh lime juice to put in the freezer and of course to make limeade. Mom always kept a smaller jar of fresh lime juice in the fridge too to splash into her waters.

August 20th is National Lemonade Day.

I love making fresh lemonade. Most people might find it to be tedious, but I actually enjoy the repetition. Wash, cut, score, twist, squeeze, repeat. Although they might not be limes, squeezing the juice out of any citrus makes me think of home.

Fresh Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 10 C water, divided
  • 4 lb lemons

Steps

  1. Make simple syrup: Combine sugar and 2 C water in a small saucepan over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and chill.
  2. Juice lemons. 4 lb should yield you 2 C of juice. Strain lemon juice into a pitcher. Stir in remaining 8 C water and simple syrup.

*This recipe is adapted from Allie at http://www.cakeandallie.com/2011/02/lemonade/*

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