Mint ginger beer

Time 4 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Mint ginger beer
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, simple syrup and ginger syrup with a small ice block, and shake to combine. Strain into a Tom Collins glass with a large spear of ice. Top with soda and garnish with the mint sprig, ginger and lime.

Adapted from a recipe by Eric Alperin of the Varnish. To make the ginger syrup, combine 4 parts fresh ginger juice to 3 parts sugar, and stir until dissolved.

Amy Scattergood is a staff writer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times.
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