Friday, September 12, 2008

Ginger-Lime Cooler - Post Script from Kerala

From Anu's Ginger Lime Drink

In an earlier post I mentioned being greeted at Philipkutty Farm with a glass of incredible lime-ginger cooler...I'd left my note book behind and had to wait for it to be sent along before I posted the recipe...I had my students make a batch in class today and it was every bit as awesome as it was on the plantation. Here's the recipe, but feel free to play with it - tangerine-cinnamon cooler? lemon-black pepper? grapefruit-cardamom?...and the syrup would make an excellent sorbet base. Make it in BIG batches and keep, tightly sealed, in the fridge for a quick cooler whenever you need one - with all of that sugar, it has the shelf life of plutonium. If really inspired, you could use it to soak pound cake with...or add vodka to before dinner for something truely "cosmopolitan" - endless possibilities for this "simple" syrup.

2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
150 g fresh ginger, crushed
2 kg. white sugar
750 ml water

combine in a large sauce pan, bring to a boil to dissolve sugar, strain solids away, cool.
store in tightly sealed glass container in refrigerator. Mix with cold water and ice to taste for a refreshing beverage.


Tags said...

Thirst artist.

Maura said...

I think I'm officially in love with you now, Mike.

This is a perfectly timed post. I have a bunch of limes I must use, and I just bought some ginger.