Simple syrup is well, simple. In its most
basic form, it's a 50-50 ratio of water to
sugar. Go a step further and try your hand
at homemade ginger ale.
Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup peeled
and sliced ginger. Bring to a boil; simmer until sugar
is dissolved. Steep at least 2 hours or overnight.
Strain and cool to room temperature. In a tall glass,
muddle 3 mint leaves. Pour in 1 1/2 oz of the ginger
simple syrup and 6 oz seltzer water; mix well. Fill
glass with ice cubes and garnish with a mint sprig.
Mix it up. Instead of using ginger, try infusing the
simple syrup with other flavorful ingredients, such
as basil, star anise or lemon peel.