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Peterson's Holiday HelperFestive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits
By Valerie Peterson
Clarkson PotterCopyright © 2008 Valerie Peterson
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Your neighbor saw your 5,000-watt crèche with the Light-Up Holy Family and raised you Three Luminous-Halo’d Wise Men. You countered by adding the Animated Waving Santa and Nodding Reindeer to your roof; he got the Ho! Ho! Hover-Over-the-House Motion-Sensored Santa Sleigh Track. Before contemplating your next move, relax with a sparkling, ginger-infused refresher and review the inconvenient truth of your kilowatt hours.
• 1 1/2 ounces gin
• 1 1/2 ounces Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup (see below.)
• 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
• 4 dashes orange bitters, such as Fee's or Regan's
• 4 ounces (1/2 cup) club soda
• Spiral of a lime peel
Pour the gin, syrup, and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice; add the bitters. Shake well (until condensation forms on the entire shaker). Strain the mixture over fresh ice into a tall glass, top with club soda, and garnish with a lime peel.
Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup
Makes approximately 1 3/4 cups
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 8 ounces (1 cup) water
• 3 3-inch pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks (approximately ¾ cup)
Place the sugar, water, and ginger chunks in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool; strain into a glass jar with an airtight lid. The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
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