1 drink
5 minutes prep, 5 minutes total

Close to a homemade ginger ale but with more of a nip, this is a formula for an icy spiced drink made to order. Simple Syrup is steeped with fresh ginger and fresh lemon juice then mixed with sparkling water for an effervescent kick. To mellow that kick out, turn it into a punch by adding a little light rum, then relax. Drink it over ice with lemon slices and, if you like, halved stalks of lemongrass as stir sticks.


  • 1 part Ginger-Lemon Syrup
  • 2 parts Sparkling water
  • 1/2 part light rum, or to taste (optional)


1. In a tall ice-filled glass, combine one part Ginger-Lemon Syrup and two parts sparkling water. If making a punch, add 1/2 part light rum.

From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright© 2012 by American Public Media.