Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger

Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger
Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger
This tart, spiced cocktail, the winner of our 2011 Home Cook Challenge Cocktail contest, was inspired by a cocktail that winner Mo Lyon sampled at Seattle's now-closed Licorous. It's Thai-inspired flavors pair beautifully with Southeast Asian food; it's also perfect on its own as an afternoon sipper.Anna Stockwell

This tart, spiced cocktail, the winner of our 2011 Home Cook Challenge Cocktail contest, was inspired by a cocktail that winner Mo Lyon sampled at Seattle's now-closed Licorous. It's Thai-inspired flavors pair beautifully with Southeast Asian food; it's also perfect on its own as an afternoon sipper. Note that the kaffir lime-infused vodka requires at least 5 days to infuse; this drink calls for planning ahead.

Kaffir Lime Sour with Ginger
This tart, spiced cocktail, the winner of our 2011 Home Cook Challenge Cocktail contest, was inspired by a cocktail that winner Mo Lyon sampled at Seattle's now-closed Licorous
Yield: makes One Drink

For the Kaffir Lime Vodka

  • 750 ml mild, clean-tasting vodka
  • 10 fresh kaffir lime leaves

For the Ginger Syrup

  • ¼ cups finely grated fresh ginger
  • ½ cups sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Sparkling water, to top

Instructions

  1. Make the Kaffir Lime Vodka: Combine the vodka and kaffir lime leaves in a large mason jar (or another nonreactive vessel with an airtight seal). Store in a cool, dark place for 5-7 days, shaking the jar three times each day. Strain out kaffir lime leaves. Infused vodka will keep indefinitely in the freezer.
  2. Make the ginger syrup: Combine grated ginger, sugar, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature for at least one hour; strain out solids if desired. Ginger simple syrup will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  3. Make the cocktail. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine 1¾ oz. infused kaffir lime vodka, ¾ oz. ginger syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Shake vigorously and pour out into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water to taste.