By Beth Brown, Kitchen Store Specialist
Going on a picnic? Bring along our Bormioli locking-lid jars and bottles! These bottles and jars seal tight, so they are perfect for your summer picnics and barbecues.
We carry these Italian glass jars and bottles in all different shapes and sizes, and they are safe for canning or the freezer. We like to put all sorts of things in them, because they look so cute!
Today, we decided to make some homemade ginger ale and sparkling ginger limeade to show off the locking-lid bottles! These spicy and refreshing ginger delights are a perfect picnic bring-along beverage.
For the ginger ale: What I did . . .
First, I peeled the ginger with a spoon and rough chopped it. Then I added 2 cups of water and simmered the ginger in a small saucepan for 45 minutes.
While that simmered, I squeezed some fresh lime juice. I used our bamboo citrus reamer to get the very most out of the limes!
After the ginger simmered for 45 minutes, I removed it from the heat and let it steep for twenty minutes, bringing out even more delicious ginger flavor. After the steeping, I strained the ginger mixture into a bowl, pressing down on the cooked ginger pieces as I strained.
I put the ginger mixture back into the saucepan, adding ¾ cups sugar and stirring over medium heat until the sugar was dissolved, then I let the mixture cool.
After that cooled, I combined the ginger mixture, lime juice and seltzer water in the lock and lid bottle, and added a few lime slices for garnish. The lid seals tight, so I just gave the bottle a flip to combine the three components. Viola!
For the sparkling ginger limeade: What I did . . .
(Warning: Only serious ginger lovers need apply. The fresh ginger used in this recipe gives it a powerful ginger punch!)
Peel ginger and rough chop, then place in a food processor or blender and puree with half a cup of water. Strain the mixture through a sieve. (After it was mostly dry, I put the ginger bits into a paper towel and squeezed out even more of the ginger juice.)
Squeeze about half a cup of lime juice. Mix the ginger juice, lime juice, and seltzer water together, and add agave to taste. Add lime slices for garnish.
Either drink looks adorable topped with our striped paper straws!
Nothing compares to the taste of fresh ginger. These drinks are just two of countless you could try for your own summer get-togethers, using the lock-lid bottles . . . because summertime should taste delicious, and look good, too!
Yield: Makes about 1 ½ cups’ syrup (enough for 4-6 drinks).
1 ½ cups chopped peeled ginger
2 cups water
¾ cups sugar
About 1 quart chilled seltzer or club soda
3 or more tablespoons of fresh lime juice (to taste)
Sparkling Ginger Limeade
Yield: 4-5 servings
1 cup rough chopped ginger
½ cup water
Juice of 4-5 limes
Chilled seltzer water, about 1 quart
Agave or honey, to taste