"Recipes for Starting Your New Year"

House of Blues Ginger-lemongrass Soda Water

Makes 24 ounces

3 cups water

2 cups sugar

1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths

3 ounces fresh ginger, smashed

1 large lemon, juiced

1/4 vanilla bean

Soda water

Additional granulated sugar for glasses

Combine water and sugar in medium-size saucepan; stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemongrass, ginger, lemon juice and vanilla bean. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let steep overnight. Strain through chinois or fine mesh strainer.

To serve, fill chilled bar shaker halfway with ginger syrup. Top with equal amount of soda water. Strain into sugar-rimmed glasses and serve.



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