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Gingerette is a spicy ginger simple syrup and the secret to the easiest and most delicious homemade ginger beer. Make a big batch of this (adjust the amount of sugar and ginger to suit your taste) and simply add seltzer water when ready to drink.

Makes 1

for the gingerette:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

for the cocktail:

2 ounces dark rum

juice of 1 lime

1 ounce gingerette

seltzer water

1 slice or wedge lime, to garnish

1. To make the gingerette, combine water, granulated sugar, and grated ginger in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. When the sugar is completely dissolved, turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and infuse for at least 1 hour at room temperature before straining.

2. To make the cocktail, combine the rum, lime juice, and gingerette in the bottom of a highball glass or tumbler with ice. Stir well to combine, then top off with seltzer water.