The gentle heat of fresh ginger and bright tang of fresh lime juice highlight strawberries’ natural sweetness in this ultra-refreshing drink that can easily be scaled up for a crowd. Add a splash of vodka, tequila, or gin for a boozy version.
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Stir 4 oz. ginger, scrubbed, thinly sliced (about 1 cup), 1 cup (200 g) sugar, ½ lb. fresh strawberries, hulled, quartered, and ½ cup water in a medium saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer gently until strawberries have lost most of their color, 15–20 minutes. Remove pan with strawberry syrup from heat.
Using a potato masher or fork, gently crush remaining ½ lb. fresh strawberries, hulled, quartered, in a medium bowl. Strain strawberry syrup through a fine-mesh sieve over crushed berries and press on cooked berries in sieve to extract as much liquid as possible; discard cooked berries and ginger. Add ½ cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes) and ¼ tsp. kosher salt to strawberry mixture and stir to combine. Chill until cold, about 1 hour.
To serve, divide strawberry mixture among 4 glasses filled with ice to come about halfway up sides; top off with club soda. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve with straws if desired.
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Whats the approx. ratio of syrup to club soda? Without it, it's hard to know how to scale it up for bigger parties
Delicious, a little sweeter than I like, but it will be easy enough to use less sugar next time. Refreshing to drink and pretty to look at