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Cold Sneezon

So apparently cold season has started despite, or maybe because of, the ridiculously warm weather. Knock on wood, M&I haven’t gotten sick. I had a tiny cold a few weeks ago, but I am hoping that was it. On Apartment Therapy I was reading about an alternative to hot tea, which is a popular drink when you aren’t feeling well unless it is as warm as it is now. It is for Ginger Syrup to mix in with seltzer. Frankly, this sounds delicious even if you aren’t sick.

Ginger Syrup Soda
1/2 pound fresh ginger root – about 1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves (optional)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Sparkling water
Lime wedges

Peel and chop the ginger root into thin matchsticks. Cover with the water in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a low boil and simmer until reduced by at least half – about 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and chill in the refrigerator.

When ready to use, strain through a sieve. Pour about 1/2 cup of syrup into a 12 ounce glass and top off with sparkling water. Add a lime and enjoy.

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