Sparkling Lemon Ginger Cooler

When my friend Karen posted this Lemon and Ginger Cooler recently I knew I had to make it. We are in the heat of summer with temps typically in the 90′s everyday and a simple, cold and refreshing beverage is sometimes my only salvation!

I might have suggested to Karen that I would like it with vodka and she was game to give that a try. I had planned to do the exact same thing until I spotted a bottle of Prosecco chilling in the back of the fridge. Let me just say this. I just love Prosecco. It’s bubbly that I can drink without breaking the bank and truth be told…I love all things Italian; the French can keep their fancy Champagne, thank you very much…give me Prosecco any day!

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Karen’s cocktail included vodka and sparkling water; the Prosecco brought those two elements to the table in one bottle. My only caveat? I increased the lemon and ginger components a bit. Prosecco does bring more flavor to the cocktail than vodka and in my first test the lemon and ginger components were a bit lost as a result…so I’ve upped them a bit and it’s all good!

This is a thoroughly light and refreshing beverage and an easy one to prepare; it’s going to be on our menu for the 4th of July. I might even freeze some blueberries and raspberries like I did for this Limoncello and Prosecco cooler I made last year so I’ve got a red, white and blue cocktail for the 4th…yep, gonna do it!


Sparkling Lemon Ginger Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Yield: One cocktail

Sparkling Lemon Ginger Cooler

Ingredients

For the Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup:

1 cup water 1 cup granulated sugar 1.25 ounce fresh ginger, grated Zest of one large lemon

For the Cocktail:

2 ounce lemon ginger simple syrup (recipe follows) 4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice Chilled Prosecco or other sparkling wine

Preparation

To Make the Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup:

Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, cooking just long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and let it steep until it comes to room temperature. Strain twice to remove all of the solids. Use immediately or keep unused portions in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

To Make the Cocktail:

Place a good handful of ice in a large glass. Add the Lemon Ginger Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Stir well. Fill the glass with chilled Prosecco and stir gently; garnish with a slice of lemon.