The claims of the health benefits of ginger are innumerable and this lemon ginger martini is no exception! Ginger reportedly aids in digestion, can improve the immune system, creates healthier skin, soothes an upset stomach, and improves brain function.
I am not sure if these claims still apply when simple syrup is infused with ginger and mixed with lemon and vodka to create this lemon ginger martini.
This vodka martini is similar to a lemon drop martini. I added the ginger syrup, a shot of fresh ginger juice, and some Cointreau and orange juice for a hint of citrus.
You can prepare the ginger simple syrup ahead of time. Ginger simple syrup is made with equal parts of sugar and water. After the sugar melts in the simmering water, allow the ginger to steep in the water for 30-60 minutes. It will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
I purchased a shot of ginger at my local health food store to add to the cocktail. If you have a juicer, you can make your own fresh ginger juice.
Cointreau is a french orange-flavored liqueur. It is typically served as an aperitif or a digestif. If you don’t have Cointreau, you can substitute triple sec or another orange-flavored liqueur.
Squeeze a little fresh orange juice in at the end to enhance the orange flavor.
To mix the cocktail, use a cocktail shaker or a glass with a strainer. All of the ingredients need to be chilled and gently shaken with ice before pouring into a frozen martini glass.
You may also like to add a splash of soda or sparkling water if you like a little extra fizz in your martini.
If you like ginger, you may also want to try my Hartwood Ginger cocktail. This tart cocktail, made with Irish whiskey, is combined with lime and ginger syrup for a perfectly refreshing summer drink.