A few weeks ago we went to one of our favorite spots for dinner and I decided to try one of their specialty drinks. It was SO yummy. A spicy ginger drink with hints of lime and mint. I was itching to recreate it at home since at $6 a pop I wouldn’t be ordering them too often. 😉 When I was at Trader Joe’s I saw they had bottles of Ginger Beer (like a really intense ginger ale) with hints of pineapple, lemon and lime. I grabbed a bottle and some mint leaves, a few limes and some agave syrup to take home and experiment with.
After a few trials I came up with what I think is super yummy. I make it a little sweeter for the kids because they think it’s a little too spicy otherwise. So, you can make adjustments as you see fit, but here are the basics.
-8 oz of Ginger Beer
-1 1/2 TBS of Agave syrup
-6 mint leaves
-more mint for garnish
To start, I muddled the mint leaves in a canning jar with a wooden spoon.
Muddling simply means to mash up the leaves a bit to release more of the flavor. You don’t want to destroy them and mash them to a pulp, just press them a bit. If you have a cocktail shaker, go ahead and muddle them in the shaker. They you can add the rest of your ingredients and give it a good shake. I don’t have one (we don’t drink) so I improvised with what I had. 🙂
After I muddled the mint leaves, I added the lime juice, agave syrup and ginger beer and gave it a good stir. I had a glass of ice ready to go and poured the drink over the ice. You can strain the drink to get rid of the muddled mint leaves if you want, I didn’t worry about it. They hadn’t done it at the restaurant, so I didn’t feel like I needed to either. I finished off this delicious ginger mocktail by garnishing it with a lime wedge and a mint sprig. Of course it needed a cute striped straw too. 😉
Keep in mind this is quite spicy! If you want to tone it down a bit you could use just a regular ginger ale that has less of a bite to it. It you use a ginger ale, I would suggest playing with the ratio of agave syrup to ginger ale, simply because the soda is already so sweet you most likely won’t need as much syrup in the recipe. You may not need any! 🙂
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I hope you enjoy these yummy ginger mocktails!