Total time: 7 minutes
Note: From Literati II. Soft ginger candy (or sugared ginger) such as Ginger Chews are available at most Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Gelson's and Bristol Farms. To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Simple syrup can be kept, covered and refrigerated, for several weeks. Flash-pasteurized apple cider, available at well-stocked supermarkets, can be substituted for fresh apple juice.
2 ounces vodka
10 to 12 slices peeled ginger (sliced crosswise about 1/8 -inch thick)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (or more to taste)
1/2 ounce fresh apple juice
1 soft ginger candy
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka and ginger. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, mash the ginger well. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup and apple juice. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, shake until well chilled, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with ginger candy.
Each serving: 192 calories; 0 grams protein; 17 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams fiber; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 1 mg. sodium.