Mamma Ginger threw a garden party that I catered for, and I absolutely fell in love with this cocktail when I made it. The flavors and the fizz create a delightfully seasonal beverage, perfect for sipping on a sunny spring day. And the best part? The harshness of the vodka is softened by the cucumber, leaving the wonderful combination of sweet ginger and cucumber to play in the fizz.
- 750 mL vodka
- 1 cucumber
- bottle of sparkling water
- 4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced in thin rounds
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 lime, sliced in wedges
To make the ginger syrup, add the sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the ginger and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.
To mix the cocktail, pour 1 tablespoon of ginger syrup in a glass. Add a shot of vodka, squeeze of lime, some ice, and top with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with a cucumber wedge or twist.