Vodka lemonade made with a honey ginger mint simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemons for a cool, refreshing drink with no refined sugar.
“Wouldn’t it suck if you got back to the commuter lot after your flight and forgot where you parked?” I laughed as we got on the shuttle bus.
Worst case of foreshadowing. EVER.
Some of you may or may not have noticed that I recently took a two week break from posting new content on the blog! In the meantime, the TFG page got some updates and I learned how to use my new DSLR. Paul and I also went on summer vacation to Syracuse, NY and Niagara Falls, ON. It was so nice to get away and spend some alone time together. (Although, to be honest, the crowds are a little overwhelming in Niagara Falls).
The trip was fun, but we kind of made a mess of things coming home. Not only did we forget to give back the keys to our airbnb and had to ship them back to Canada (hello there $30 standard shipping fee), but in the midst of arriving at the airport in pouring rain at 4:30 in the morning, neither of us wrote down what lot we were in! 45 minutes later, and me wondering if it’s actually possible to jinx yourself, Paul finally found the car, and we sped to pick up my in-laws dog and cat right before the pet hotel closed. Whew.
I had every intention of cooking a nice meal for us when we got home. I even pretended I’d have time to go to Orange Theory for a late workout. (Good one, Alicia.) But after that debacle, I was in no mood to cook, and that box of Cracker Barrel mac n cheese we keep on hand for emergencies was calling my name.
So the next night I pulled out all the stops and made Korean BBQ Street Tacos and these super delicious and refreshing vodka lemonades. They’re made with a honey, ginger, and mint simple syrup that’s absolutely incredible. I love the ginger and mint because it tones down the sweetness of the honey and pairs perfectly with the fresh squeezed lemon juice. I like using honey in simple syrup for multiple reasons. One, being that it takes out any refined sugar, which I’m trying to avoid if I can. Two, at times I prefer the taste!
Cooking ingredients with your simple syrup is the easiest and best way to infuse another flavor into your drink. If you’ve never made a simple syrup, guess what? It’s super simple! Combine your ingredients and let them simmer. After 5 minutes the water and honey will cook down and you’ll have a thin syrup. You’ll want to muddle the mint in the pan a little to help release the flavor. When your syrup has cooled, combine with vodka, water, and lemon juice. Grab two glasses and enjoy your vodka lemonade with a friend!
- FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 oz ginger cut into discs
- handful of mint leaves (8-10)
- FOR THE DRINKS
- plenty of ice
- 2.5-3 oz vodka
- 12 oz water
- juice of 1 lemon (or more to taste)
- Combine equal parts honey and water in a sauce pan over medium high heat
- Add in ginger discs and mint leaves
- Muddle the mint leaves to release the flavor
- Let simmer for 5 minutes and then let cool
- Drain with a sieve
- Add vodka, water, and lemon juice to simple syrup and stir to combine
- Pour over plenty of ice into two glasses and garnish with lemon and mint leaves