1. 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.
2. Combine 1 cup sugar<\b>, 1 cup water and 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 11/2 oz of the ginger simple syrup and 6 oz seltzer water; mix well. Fill glass with ice cubes and garnish with a mint sprig.
3. Mix it up. Instead of using ginger, try infusing the simple syrup with other flavorful ingredients, such as basil, star anise or lemon peel.