The quest for new menu items doesn't stop at food -- it extends to beverages as well. Case in point: The Cookery's house-made ginger ale.

Our ginger ale was the creation of Courtney's husband Andrew (aka "Roo"). Roo is a teacher at nearby Gibraltar High School, so he has a bit more free time in June, July, and August -- and as a result, spends a few nights a week serving in our wine bar. He came up with the idea for the ginger ale, tested a few batches at home, and soon enough, it was on The Cookery's menu. The cherry version was an obvious Door County addition, and was quickly added to the menu as well -- and both have been a BIG hit with our customers.

If you find yourself jonesin' for our ginger ale but are more than a few miles away from our place, don't fret! We've posted the recipe below for your enjoyment -- it's the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

The Cookery’s Ginger Ale

Ingredients

Ginger water
1 cup peeled, finely chopped ginger
2 cups water

Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Club soda
Lemon juice
Lime or lemon wedges

Directions

In a saucepan, make the Simple Syrup by dissolving 1 cup granulated sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a separate saucepan. Add ginger. Reduce heat to medium low and let ginger sit in the simmering water for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Discard ginger pieces.

Make ginger ale by mixing 1/2 cup of ginger water with 1/3 cup of Simple Syrup and 1/2 cup of club soda. 

Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a lime or lemon wedge to each glass.

For a Door County twist, add a splash of Door County Montmorency cherry juice to make a cherry ginger ale.

Makes about four servings.

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