Perhaps I shouldn’t admit to loving a soda served by a chain restaurant, but it’s true. I took my mom to Seasons 52 for lunch on Memorial Day and the ginger mint agave soda I ordered has been on my mind ever since. Light but flavorful, tangy but not overly so, and tasting mostly of ginger with a touch of mint, the soda was a true palate pleaser.
My love for ginger is no secret. Whether sweet (e.g. crystallized ginger, lemon ginger ricotta cheesecake tartlets, and ginger ice cream) or savory (especially in stir-fries featuring ginger, from Burmese chili chicken to stir-fried ginger beef), I’m a fan. I even have a Pinterest board featuring ginger.
But I hadn’t thought about making my own gingery soda until this recent lunch. Of course, I came home and googled it, thinking I would find a copycat version online. But I didn’t. When I checked the restaurant’s version I found out only what I already knew – that it has 90 calories per serving. I checked a few recipes online for hints on how to begin, but didn’t find them particularly helpful. Most, like this ginger beer concentrate, looked fine but required lots of time and effort.
So I winged it – with fresh ginger, 90 calories worth of agave syrup, a few sprigs of mint and a bottle of soda water. (Agave, a sweetener made from the agave plant, is sweeter than both honey and sugar and thinner in consistency than honey.) The result – this ginger mint agave soda – is simple to make, tangy enough for a ginger lover like me, and quite refreshing.
Pretty it up with a sprig of mint and a few strips of fresh ginger (or maybe a slice of the candied stuff) and the result is a lovely, non-alcoholic “mocktail.” I made it in a single serving, but it’s easy to make more for a crowd, and you could serve it like sangria, with mint leaves and maybe a few slices of fruit floating in the pitcher.