Summer Spritz Ginger Ale

August 7, 2014

Ginger Ale, and Improvising.

 

Pinterest, the place all women go to get a million different ideas as to how to properly organize every aspect of their lives, and then feel bad about it, after not following through . . .We aren’t even talking about all the really crazy crafty stuff that takes days of drying and layering paper and then painting and then sealing after the paint dries . . . No no, we are simply talking about things as generic as:  “Follow these 10 simple steps for the easiest move of your life.” Or, “If you organize these 5 areas of your home, you will have the most organized house in your neighborhood.” It’s a lie, don’t give in, I’ll let you in on a real secret. Moving, no matter who you are, how organized you become, or how prepared you think you are, is just one big mess. It’s life, and it’s really all about improvising.

 

Who am I giving this to? How am I ever going to fit that through the front door? My current predicament of: How do I maximize the usage of my non existent counter space?! And you never really notice these little nuances until you get to where you’re going. So I set out on a journey recently to find a kitchen island; something that I could upcycle. Think old dresser at just the right height to where I could paint it an azure blue, use the drawers for extra storage and put a butcher block on the top Great idea right? Yea, in theory it is, in reality, dressers don’t really come in a height that my 5’4” self can comfortably chop onions on. Now here comes the part where improvisation becomes really important. I’m walking through a shop the other day and find myself in the path of a potting station recently marked down . . . whoop! Guess what potting stations are: you guessed it! They are exactly the right height for me to chop some veggies on. Who put their thinking cap on this morning, I did. And it’s working out beautifully, I must say.

 

I know you are currently asking yourself why you take the time to listen to me ramble about a crazy move, my messy self, and a potting station turned kitchen island, but truly, there is more to this story than a new place to chop onions. There is, just as in all things, a wonderfully hidden lesson, and maybe to some it isn’t all that hidden, maybe you just get it more than others, but here is what I’m thinking:

 

 “Improvising is wonderful. But, the thing is that you cannot improvise unless you know exactly what you’re doing.”

Christopher Walken

 

So here is a scary thought, maybe in all the crazy life we live, and all the self-doubt, we actually carry on, excel, and succeed because we know a little more than we give ourselves credit for. An example: This ginger ale recipe that I am sharing with you today. I set out to replicate this yummy ginger ale at a restaurant in town, and I made it just like the restaurant, then over time, I made my own variation, and now, I want to share my wonderful refreshing creation with you!

IMG_0267Ginger Ale

 

Print Recipe
Home Made Ginger Ale
Refreshing and Crisp
Course Anytime, Drinks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
Glasses
Ingredients
Ginger Syrup
Ginger Ale
Course Anytime, Drinks
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
Glasses
Ingredients
Ginger Syrup
Ginger Ale
Instructions
Ginger Syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the syrup in a saucepan over medium high heat, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
  2. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before use. If you use it before it cools it will melt too much of the ice and make your beverage watery.
Ginger Ale
  1. Get 4 tall glasses out and in the bottom of each combine 1 lemon wedge, 1 lime wedge, a and a few leaves of mint.
  2. Muddle together the lemon, lime and mint. And pour 2-3 Tablespoons of syrup over the mixture.
  3. Fill the glass 1/3 of the way with ice and finish with MIneral Water. Mix with a straw and enjoy!
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