The sun conjurer drink
With Covid19 people have been stockpiling things. While not an advisable practice, whats stockpiled in our fridge was lots of fresh ginger and lemon. To use them up a stunningly refreshing drink almost screaminng summer is what came to mind.
Watch Kaustubh Naik of Retox Pune and Andheri make cocktails
So around the same time our friend and talented mixologist Kaustubh Naik launched a channel to teach people to make various cocktails. We drew some inspiration from him as well but did what we could with ingredients on hand.
Follow his channel Cocktail King on Youtube to watch him spin some delicious beverages.
The ginger lemongrass honey simple syrup
So as we were deciding to use ginger we also had some lemongrass on hand so we decided to use it up as well. We cut 2 inch piece of ginger in small pieces and smashed a bit. Also add 1 Tbsp of chopped lemongrass to this with 0.5 cup water. We heated this in a small sauce pan till the water reduced by half and then strained it off. Then added 2 Tbsp honey to this to make a somewhat thin syrup.
The lemon basil soda
We added 1 tbsp of the syrup to a tall glass and squeezed a wedge of lemon and added the wedge as well.
We had basil on hand and it truly became the star aromatic. Gently rubbed the leaves and added to the glass and they smelled so sweet and fragrant that it transports you to sunny weather of italian coast.
We topped this with some ice and gave it all a stir. Then topped with some soda or sparkling water and stirred topping in the end with a lemon wedge and some rubbed basil leaves.
This is a super refreshing drink that smells of sweet summer and citrus – the ginger and lemongrass adding more energizing refreshing notes.