Recipe: Ginger Syrup

Ginger syrup punches up cocktails and frozen drinks, and it's a cinch to make. Here's how:

Ginger Syrup
1 cup fresh ginger, washed with peel intact and roughly chopped
1 cup sugar
3 cups water

Roughly chop, bash, and smash the ginger by hand or in a food processor until it is thoroughly beaten up.

Place all the ingredients into a heavy-bottomed pot. Bring the mixture to a low boil over a medium flame, then turn it down to a simmer. Let simmer uncovered for one hour.

Strain twice, and let cool in a thick-glassed jar. Store chilled.