Paleo Ginger Lemon Maple Simple Syrup

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Seattle is known for it’s 9 months of rain and grey, but we are rewarded with beautiful, almost Mediterranean summers that make up for the 9 months of Ragnorok. Because it is so temperate here, most of the homes in Seattle are not outfitted with air conditioning, and almost none of them have true basements.

Yesterday¬†was a record setting 94 degrees, so the fans were working overtime, and I had my first summer fantasy of checking into a hotel with air conditioning. (This happens at least once per summer).¬†While the house was still cool in the morning, I whipped up a lemon ginger and maple simple syrup and mixed in some seltzer. It’s a great alternative to ginger ale with sugar, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners. (And if you are drinking it in the evening, it makes a lovely cocktail with the adult beverage of your choice. I don’t think it’s so paleo when you do that, though.)

1 finely grated thumb of ginger

3 lemons, juiced

3 cups water

1/4 cup maple syrup (or more or less, to taste)

Bring all ingredients to a boil, and then down to a simmer, stirring occasionally so the ginger doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot. Reduce to your desired consistency. (I like to take mine way down to a thick syrup, but when you are mixing it with water or booze, it might not matter as much.)

 

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