Tonight Brandon and I are headed to my ten year high school reunion. Ten years! I was definitely one of the ones that left town after graduation and kind of never looked back. I went to school with roughly the same 100 kids since the age of five, so yeah, come age 18, I was itching for a change. And while I enjoyed high school, I wouldn’t say I loved it. It wasn’t my time, you know? College and beyond- totally my time. But in high school I was still pretty timid, at times bordering on shy. Yep this girl here, with a full on blog for the entire world to see! While I go home often to see my family, I’ve always kind of shied away from the “town” crowd. That said, I made a lot of good friendships (though I’ve only kept up two or three…eek), and am really looking forward to seeing some faces I haven’t seen in literally ages.
Needless to say, I’m planning on a cocktail or two to help take the edge off and these Lemony Gin + Ginger coolers totally fit the bill. This is a not to miss CC bevy. It’s light, irresistibly fizzy, and packs a great lemony zing. And don’t they dress up nicely in these Ball Heritage Collection Blue Pint Jars? I’m so excited to use them all summer long. Reunion or not, you need to make this cocktail. On that note though, high school, did you love it? Was it “your time”? I’d so love to know. Get back to me and happy weekending! xx
Lemony Gin + Ginger Coolers
Makes 2 drinks
- 1 1/2 cups club soda
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 oz (or more) gin
- sliced lemons for garnish
Make the Ginger Syrup (recipe from Martha Stewart)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 piece (about 10 inches long and 4 ounces; or use several small pieces) fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin rounds
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add ginger; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard ginger. Cool completely.