Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ginger - Lemon Slushies

The week before Thanksgiving and the weather is balmy 78 degrees. What's a Mom (who dreams of real falls and mild winters) supposed to do?

Make Ginger - Lemon Slushies!
Actually the ginger in these slushies is the gift that keeps on giving. Last year we had a couple of weeks of fresh ginger in our kitchen basket. So I needed to figure out what could be done with it. I made candied ginger. Yummy!

I had a small jelly jar of the candy and a 3/4 jar of dark, rich syrup left. Yesterday we attended a Pioneer Harvest Party. We needed a dish to share from the time period. The day before we were reading in a Plymouth Cookbook that the Pilgrims would make ginger tea regularly. Perfect!
Here's what I did. I put the candied ginger in the blender with some water and pureed it. I pop it on the stove and simmered it until all the pulp rose and clung to the sides. I then scraped that out added more water, the ginger syrup , and a bit more dark sucanat. The Pilgrim's were said to use maple syrup, but I had sucanat. I placed all this into a gallon size milk jug for easy carry and chilled.
We took the ginger tea and sweet popcorn to the event. The reviews were mixed. The tea has quite a spicy little kick at the end! It is really meant to be hot and was a bit sweet when cold. (I made it sweeter for the children because of the spiciness.) Everyone enjoyed the homemade sweet corn.
So here were are at today. I had a half gallon of sweet ginger tea in the fridge and nothing to do with it. Then a light went off! Why not make slushies with it? So I boiled it back down to a syrup state. Let it cool. Then we popped it in the blender with a BIG splash of lemon juice. More like a glug,glug,glug. I added a bit of water and tons of ice.
The lemon is a perfect accent and you get a spicy kick at the end of each sip. Yummy. I'll definitely put this on the spring and summer treat list!
Have a wonderful day!

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