Today is the last Lunes Latino of the year. And to celebrate I have decided to go back to basics but get creative as well. This is the story of my life, I am one and the other, never plain, dull nor simple. I wish I could be easier to understand but I am not. I am always adding branches to the various facets in my life making everything more complex but to me, interesting. 2012 has been a great year for me, a year where I have been able to accept my complexity as a positive. I have felt in the past that my desire to always be involved in so much was a fault, a needy characteristic, a way of never being satisfied. But this blog and all the beautiful people that I have met with very similar personalities have made me realized that this is a virtue and that I can take all this energy to bigger and better places, to do good and to inspire.
The reason this drink reminds me of me and my life is because it has a fizz, is spicy, refreshing, simple but bold it has a latin flair but it has been revamped and matured. The Latin flair on this drink comes from the ginger. Every New Years Eve me and my family would go to my grandma’s house in the Dominican Republic around 10pm to enjoy hot ginger tea. This is a tea that is typically consumed by Dominicans during the Christmas time. Phrases like “vamos hacer un jengibre” are very typical and are meant to bring people together in a holiday spirit to enjoy this ginger tea. My grandma would make this tea and we will all wait till midnight to celebrate the new year together. For me this was a great time as a little girl I was not allowed to stay up that late but this was the one day when things were different and I felt like a grownup.
As I am not a little girl anymore and I will not be joining my cousins and family at my grandma’s house this year (I am visiting the Oregon coast), I have decided to take this basic tea recipe and transform it into an “adult”-erated beverage that will give a wonderful kick to the new year and any celebration. Salud!
Combine sugar, water and ginger to obtain a ginger infused simple syrup
Mix the simple syrup with white wine and a splash of sparkling water.
Garnish with crystallized ginger.
Sparkling Ginger Sangria
1/2 cup fresh ginger root’
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750 ml bottle white white
12 ounces sparkling water
Chop ginger roughly into long thin pieces. Combine ginger, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Let mixture cool at room temperature. Strain the mixture to discard any ginger pieces and set aside. Store in the refrigerator. Once this simple syrup has cooled, mix with white wine and serve on glasses topping with a splash of sparkling water.