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Lemony Gingertinis

Lemony Gingertinis
This easy, refreshing cocktail starts with a tart ginger syrup to make the perfect summer refreshment.
2   lemons, divided
1   2 1/2-in. (6-cm) piece peeled fresh gingerroot
1/4   cup (50 mL) sugar
1   can (12 oz or 355 mL) frozen lemonade concentrate
4   cups (1 L) chilled club soda
1   cup (250 mL) lemon-flavored vodka (optional)
1/2   cup (125 mL) lemon sorbet
  1. Zest lemons using Microplane® Zester. Cut lemons in half crosswise using Utility Knife. Cut two thin slices from one lemon. Cut slices into quarters and cut one slit into each quarter; set quarters aside for garnish. Juice remaining lemons to measure about 1/3 cup (75 mL) juice using Juicer.
  2. Finely mince gingerroot using Food Chopper. Combine lemon zest, juice, ginger and sugar in Small Batter Bowl; cover loosely with lid. Microwave on HIGH 23 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Place lemonade concentrate into Quick-Stir® Pitcher. Pour ginger mixture through (7-in./18-cm) Strainer into pitcher; discard ginger. Add club soda and vodka, if desired. Place lid onto pitcher and plunge gently.
  4. To serve, scoop sorbet into glasses using Small Scoop. Pour beverage over sorbet. Garnish glasses with reserved lemon quarters.

Yield: 8 servings (about 7 cups/1.75 L)

Nutrients per serving: (about 3/4 cup/175 mL): Calories 130, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 20 mg, Fiber 0 g

Cook's Tips: For a delicious nonalcoholic version of this recipe, substitute an additional 1 cup (250 mL) chilled club soda for the vodka.