Makes 1½ Quarts
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
41⁄3 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup lemon, lime, or Key Lime juice, or any combination
Combine the ginger and 1⁄3 cup water in a blender, and process to a paste. Strain through a very fine strainer or stainer lined with cheesecloth, and set this ginger essence aside. Bring the remaining 4 cups of water and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove for the heat, and let cool. Add the lemon or lime juice and the ginger juice. Pour into a container cover, and chill. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice.
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