I’ve got a surprii-iise for you. (Does anyone else remember that scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall? With Jason Segel? Do yourself a favor and Google it. I’ll wait here and then we can all giggle together.)
Any way, this post is not really a surprise. Nor does it have anything to do with Jason Segel naked. I just had that line running through my head on repeat and I couldn’t stop giggling so I thought I’d share.
This post is really about ginger ale. Ginger ale with a hint of rose water to kick the whole thing up a notch, because ginger ale doesn’t exactly scream life of the party and I reeeeally want it to be the life of the party. (“Hey what’d you do last weekend?” -- “Oh you know, just made two gallons of ginger ale and then had a wild and crazy time watching 6 hours of Bar Rescue repeats.”)
That’s also why I have named this Nectar of the Gods Ginger Ale. This isn’t just any ginger ale. It’s wild and crazy ginger ale.
Keeps people on their toes.
I’m one of those people who has a thing for ginger. It’s borderline obsessive. I get really excited over things like the shaved ginger that comes with sushi or the totally overpriced candied ginger at Whole Foods which is essentially just ginger rolled in sugar. I can easily rock my own socks off with a bit of chopped ginger steeped in a warm water with honey. And ugh, ginger jam? By the spoonful.
I have no idea why I have no friends, by the way.
Anywho. While the health benefits of ginger have been extolled for ages, most people don’t know that rose water is healing too. Rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins and essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3, rose water has long been used to enhance moods, relieve nervous tension and improve skin tone and texture.
Nectar of the Gods Ginger Ale Recipe
1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 c filtered water
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp rose water (make sure you get the kind for drinking!)
2 c sparkling water, chilled
- Combine ginger and filtered water in a small sauce pan. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Strain the liquid from the chopped ginger and add honey and rose water. Whisk until honey has dissolved.
- Add sparkling water. Store in an airtight bottle in the fridge.