I made this up to please my significant other who, besides the occasional Mexican Coke or lemonade, seems to prefer ginger beer above all other drinks. Not being a brewer, I came up with this mixture, which wets his whistle just fine.
Build in a Collins glass:
3 oz. of homemade ginger syrup*
1/2 oz. of fresh-squeezed lime juice
3/4 – 1 oz of pineapple juice (preferably fresh but I use canned or bottled often)
Add ice to 3/4 full and stir vigorously for 30 seconds. (To get an even better mix, use a cocktail shaker with a few cubes of ice.)
Top with club soda and stir again briefly to combine.
Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.
*For the ginger syrup, slice and dice 8 oz of ginger. If you don’t care about the color, you can leave the skin on; or peel it if you want your syrup to be a shade brighter. I use organic cane sugar so the end result is always a bit browner than white sugar would make it. Your preference, of course.
Combine the chopped ginger, 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture just below a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer. Let the syrup simmer and reduce for about 30 minutes. Let cool and then strain into a storage container and refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups of syrup. I found this nifty strainer somewhere and it works like a charm.