About Ginger and Recipes
Hawaiian Ginger Syrup
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ISLAND GINGER ALE
Fill a 16 oz. glass put 1-1/4 oz. of ginger syrup. Squeeze in an 1/8th of a lime. Fill 2/3’s full of ice. Add seltzer or club soda then. Stir.
2 oz. vodka & 1⁄4 oz. ginger syrup in shaker with ice. Shake, Shake, Shake. To make it ‘Local’ use Pau Vodka from Maui
APPLE GINGER MARTINI
In shaker with ice, add 2 oz. Apple juice, 1 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. ginger syrup, & squeeze of 1/8th lemon. Shake, Shake, Shake.
Hot water, ginger syrup and lemon. For a really aromatic ginger tea try the Thai Ginger Syrup from PACIFIKOOL.
Over ice add a strong brew of cold green tea, shot of ginger syrup, tiny hit of lime and crushed mint sprig. For your friends a shot of Vodka!
BUFALA NEGRA (adapted from the Oakroom * Louisville, KY)
In a rocks glass put 4 fresh Italian basil leaves slightly muddled with your fingers. 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar (aged if you can find it and afford it), 1 ½ oz. Hawaiian Ginger Syrup and 2-3 oz. Bourbon. Finish with ice and seltzer. Stir. Sip slowly to really appreciate the nuances of flavor.
DARK AND STORMY
2-3 oz. Gosling Black Seal Rum (dark rum) and 1-1/4 oz ginger syrup. Ice and Seltzer. Big squeeze of lime. Stir. Drink. Repeat. To make it ‘Local’ use Koloa Dark Rum from Kauai. After making the cocktail finish with a rum float.
2 oz. Vodka. 1-1/4 oz. ginger syrup. Juice of ½ Lime. Ice and Seltzer. Stir. Save the ½ rind and turn inside out. Fill with vodka and float on top.
2-3 oz. Tanqueray Rangpur Gin and 1-1/4 oz ginger syrup. Fresh juice from quarter of lime. Finish with seltzer. Stir. Drink. Repeat.
PINEAPPLE AND GINGER
Muddle 2 sprigs of mint with 1 to 1-¼ oz. ginger syrup in a glass. Add ice, ¼ squeeze of lime, 3 oz. pineapple juice, and carbonated water. Garnish with fresh pineapple rind cut in long rectangles. Does it scream rum?
SOCHU AND GINGER
In a rocks glass put 1 oz. ginger syrup to 4-5 oz. of Sochu. Ice and stir. I recommend Iichiko Sochu.
Drizzle ginger syrup & fresh orange juice on roasted beets - nice touch of flavor. You can also toss in some crumbled goat cheese at the end with julienne mint.
GINGER ICE CREAM
Drizzle ginger syrup over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
GiNGER SYRUP & NEWMAN’S CAESAR DRESSING
Add some wasabi paste and ginger syrup to Caesar Dressing. The combination makes a great spinach salad dressing.
GINGER ICE CREAM FLOAT
Make Island Ginger Ale without ice. Don’t forget the lime. Scoop of vanilla ice cream with an extra drizzle of Hawaiian Ginger Syrup! …AND Drizzle ginger syrup on pound cake, beignets, French toast. Make Ginger & Lavender sorbet. YUM!
Thai Ginger Syrup
Thai Ginger, also called Galangal/Galanga or Blue ginger, is very different in aroma from regular ginger. It is very fragrant with camphor/piney notes. Thai Ginger Syrup pairs well with fruit and herb teas.
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FRAGRANT HOT TEA – SUPERB!
Heat water. Add Thai Syrup to taste and a squeeze of lemon.
HIBISCUS, MINT AND GINGER ICED TEA
Put 1⁄4 cup of dried hibiscus flowers in a 1⁄2 gallon of water. Bring water and flowers to a boil. Turn off heat and add 1 small bunch of fresh mint. Let steep for about 5 minutes. Strain out mint. Let the tea cool with the hibiscus flowers. Serve hot or as iced tea. Add about 1-1/2 oz.Thai Ginger Syrup to 8 oz. of tea. Taste and adjust syrup to tea. Add sprig of mint & squeeze of lemon. Yummy and healthy!
BERRIES AND GINGER
Take 1 heaping tablespoon of frozen mixed berries (no sugar) and crush lightly to 1 ¼ oz. of Thai Ginger Syrup. Add one crushed sprig of mint, 1/8th squeeze of lemon, ice and carbonated water. Stir.
1-1⁄4 oz. of Thai Ginger syrup, 1-2 lightly muddled Thai Basil leaves, and 3-4 kalamansi limes. If you can find kalamansi limes use tangerines and limes! Refreshing gourmet limeade.
PROSECCO OR CAVA
A touch of Thai Ginger Syrup in a glass of chilled Prosecco or Cava.
2 oz. of Vodka and 1⁄4 ounce of Thai Ginger Syrup. Shake, Shake, Shake!
In a shaker, 1-1/4 oz Thai Ginger Syrup and add 3 oz. Silver Tequila. Muddle a Kaffir Lime Leaf. Throw in a large Kalamansi Lime…juice and rind. Ice and shake.
1-1/4 oz. Thai Ginger Syrup, splash of Angostura Bitters, 2-3 oz. light rum. Add ice, seltzer and stir.
1-1/4 oz. Thai Ginger Syrup, a sprinkle of cardamom powder, 3 oz. pink grapefruit juice. Finish with 2-3 oz. light rum, ice and seltzer. Stir.
WHITE OR RED SANGRIA
Make sangria with fruits like apples, oranges or tangerines. Add carbonated water and some Thai Ginger Syrup. Nice twist to a traditional sangria
Drizzle Thai syrup on strawberries. And for a really gourmet touch add a few drops of Balsamic Vinegar. It’s wonderfully exotic!
Ginger (Zingiber officinale).
New England herbalist Paul Schulick, author of Ginger: Common Spice and Wonder Drug, states that the tangy root is remarkably effective against some of the world's most dangerous parasites.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). They are 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.