Although there's no customary drink associated with Chinese New Year, I'm serving a potent signature cocktail at my singles-only dinner on Valentine's Day. The flavor profile of the drink? Ginger! It's a key component in a lot of traditional dishes and it highlights the clean flavors of Chinese cuisine. This beverage has a double dose of ginger thanks to an easy homemade ginger syrup and my favorite ginger liqueur, Canton. Vodka is the base spirit, and the resulting libation is smooth, easy to drink, and packs a spicy kick. To serve this at your Chinese New Year celebration get the recipe and read more.
Ingredients For ginger syrup: Directions Makes 6 drinks.
Canton Ginger Kick
1/4 pound ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon vodka
6 ounces (3/4 cup) Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 (1-liter) bottle soda water or seltzer, chilled
Garnish: candied ginger and lemon wedge
For ginger syrup:
Makes 6 drinks.