A sparkling drink with cool refreshing cucumber and tangy spicy ginger
1pieceof gingerabout 10 inches long and 4 inches wide, peeled and diced
1large seedless cucumber
1large seedless cucumberthinly sliced lengthwise to create long strips
crystalized ginger from syrup recipe above
1limecut into 6 wedges
1-2bottles sparkling water
Plenty of ice
To make the ginger syrup, combine water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves and water just starts to simmer. Stir and remove from heat. Let sit for at least 1 hour. Then strain, saving both the syrup and the crystalized ginger.
To make the cucumber vodka, peel and dice one cucumber. Place in a medium sized nonreactive container. Pour vodka over cucumber pieces, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (I let mine sit overnight).
To make Cucumber Ginger Fizzes, fill each glass with ice. Place 1/6th of remaining cucumber slices and 1 tablespoon of crystalized ginger into each glass. Pour ¼ cup cucumber-vodka and 2 tablespoons ginger syrup into each glass and gentle stir a few times. Squeeze the lime juice of one wedge into the glass then drop lime wedge in. Fill glass with sparkling water and enjoy!