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Ginger Mint Ginger Ale

From Citrus County Locally Grown

<p>Keep this flavorful concentrate and some club soda on hand in the refrigerator for making fresh-tasting sparkling beverages.</p>
Source: Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, (Entered by Patricia Kirkham)
Serves: Makes 32 twelve-ounce glasses (1 gallon concentrate)

12 Cups water
1 lb fresh ginger, unpeeled & chopped in 3/4 inch pieces
1/4 Cup fresh Ginger Mint leaves, chopped
3 Cups sugar
2 lbs honey
1 Cup fresh Lemon Juice
fresh Ginger Mint leaves for garnish
Club Soda

Step by Step Instructions
  1. 1. Bring the water to a boil in a large nonreactive pot.
  2. 2. Add the ginger.
  3. 3. When the water returns to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  4. 4. Add the chopped mint leaves, sugar, and honey.
  5. 5. Turn down the heat as low as possible, stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat gently for 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture stand, covered, for several hours or overnight.
  7. 7. Strain and stir in the lemon juice. Cover the concentrate and store it in the refrigerator.
  8. To serve, combine ½ cup concentrate and 1 cup soda in a large glass. Add ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.