I have been meaning do a post on seltzer and syrups for a while now and this one is perfect… Everyone around me has been getting sick and I am trying my hardest to not get anything.
Citrus and ginger…. Two of my favorite things, combined into one super refreshing, light and crisp, thirst quenching drink. Tasty and packed full of vitamin C from the citrus and blood warming, tummy healing ginger. Its kind of a feel better elixir, a good for you drink, a sparkler pop. A drink everyone can get into (the mister even liked it), And it has no added sugars or nasty coloring, it can't get much better.
Feeling Happy, feeling crappy, or just plain feeling, this drink is a good for it all.
I made the ginger date simple syrup ahead of time.. All I did what chop 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger and about 3 tablespoons pitted dates and added to a pot with a cup of water. Simmered the stuff until the dates were mostly dissolved, about 15 minutes, took off the heat and pureed it. I let it steep for another 5 minutes and strained….no biggy. This is a milder sweet simple syrup. If you like sweeter add more dates or even add a bit of honey… Do what tastes the best to you.
Juice the lime and blood orange…..so much pretty!
I ended up with about 12 tablespoons of juice from a the lime and the orange.. If you need or want to, juice an additional orange and lime.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of the fresh juice per 12oz glass and add about 2-3 tablespoons of the ginger date syrup…(adjust amounts to you taste) Top off with cold plain seltzer water and maybe an ice-cube or two. ( I would have if I had thought to make ice)
So lovely…. so nice. I really got into these flavors. This drink has the ability to make you feel warm and cozy while being cold and fresh. It makes me happy.
Double thumbs up here!
Blood Orange Ginger Lime Sparkler Pop
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger
- 3 tablespoons chopped dates (more if you want sweeter)
- 1 cup water
- 1 lime
- 1 blood orange
- Plain Seltzer water
- Ice (optional)
For the ginger date syrup
In a small pot on low heat, add chopped dates and ginger to a cup of water. Simmer until dates have mostly dissolved, about 15 minutes. remove from heat and puree with either a blender to a hand emulsifier. Let steep for another 5 minutes and strain, reserving the pulp (add it to soup or salad dressing). Let completely cool.
To assemble drink, juice blood orange, and lime. Add about 3 tablespoons of the ginger syrup and 2-3 tablespoons of the citrus juice per 12 0z cup. Top with plain seltzer water, give it a light swirl with a spoon or straw and add ice cube if you want. Now have at it!