Friday, April 15, 2011

Back-Porch Lemonade

Hi friends! Since the hubs’ last post was so well received… I’m giving him another go at it! Considering it is Friday… I thought another cocktail recipe would be a good way to kick off the weekend! 🙂 Enjoy…

So, I’m baaaaack.  Hahaha; this blog posting thing is strangely addicting.  Thank you all for checking out my inaugural post and I hope you enjoyed the mike-a-rita (just not too much).

I received a wonderful book titled The Art of the Bar for Christmas and I love it.  The writers are top notch mixologists (fancy post modern term for bartender) with a passion for making drinks that are fresh, creative and pay homage to the classic recipes.  Do yourself a favor and order a copy.  Rob Schwartz adapted this recipe to be a simple yet super enjoyable party pleaser.

With hot days and hot nights already here (where did Spring go?), this drink is perfect.  It is light and refreshing and the hints of ginger and cranberry linger, making this fizzy, lemony cocktail a real crowd pleaser.

So Tina was thinking that maybe it would be a great way to usher in the weekend with a little recipe post that claims “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”  So as long as you’ll have me, I’ll keep the bar stocked and continue sharing my favorite recipes.

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Back-Porch Lemonade

Source: The Art of the Bar by Jeff Hollinger & Rob Schwartz (Pages 119, 121)


Ginger Syrup Recipe
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
2 oz fresh ginger - peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

Back-Porch Pre Mix Recipe
1 1/2 cups ginger syrup
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice

Back-Porch Lemonade
2 oz vodka
2 oz Back-Porch pre mix
ginger ale to fill
lemon round or wedge for garnish (optional)


Ginger Syrup
In the small sauce pan, combine sugar, ginger and peppercorns over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for around 30 minutes or until your kitchen smells like ginger. Remove from stovetop and allow to cool. Strain the syrup and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Back-Porch Pre Mix
Combine equal parts ginger syrup, lemon juice and cranberry juice into a bottle using a funnel. Cap it, shake it and call it good.

Back-Porch Lemonade
Fill a glass with ice and add 1 part pre mix and 1 part vodka. Fill with ginger ale and stir. Feel free to make it stronger (be careful) and weaker or for the kids or non drinkers, leave out the booze and stir up 1 part pre mix and 2 parts ginger ale. Garnish with a lemon and CHEERS!

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10 Responses to “Back-Porch Lemonade”

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    Mandy — April 15, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Welcome back! I absolutely love ginger in mixed drinks. This recipe sounds like a great way to incorporate it without it overpowering the rest of the flavors. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — April 15, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    love these posts. another fabulous looking drink!

    • Kristina replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 11:11 am

      Aww I’m SO glad – the hubs will be thrilled to hear it! 🙂

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    Andrea @ — April 15, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I love these posts!! And please please please make me some back-porch lemonade 🙂 It sounds so refreshing and lovely

    • Kristina replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      Come on over, girl! 🙂 Too bad Seattle is about as far across the country from here as possible hah!

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    Karen — April 15, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Tell Mike I expect some refreshing beverages next time I am in Orlando…. enjoy reading your blog.

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    Jackie — April 15, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Can’t wait for July! 😀

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    Baking Serendipity — April 18, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    This looks fantastic! It is back porch season already here in Phoenix, and I cannot wait to give this one a try 🙂

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — April 19, 2011 @ 2:21 am

    Oooh… yummy! I’m loving this ginger syrup thing. I’ve been on a ginger kick lately. I’ll have to give this lemonade a try! Thanks very much, Hubby! Hope you two had a lovely weekend 🙂

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    Courtney — May 2, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS! My husband would love this drink. Now all we need is 80 degrees. Still so cold in Chicago! 🙁

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