I made a triple batch of this simple syrup. The peeling of the ginger is a little tedious, but worth it! These are delish! I added a little more tequila and a little more lime juice than recommended. The ginger flavor was a little strong otherwise. Such a great twist on the normal margarita!!
Source: Guy's Big Bite (foodtv.com)
Yield: 1 drink (but the syrup you make will make more than 1 drink!)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 large hand ginger, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch coins/chunks
Freshly grated nutmeg
2 ounces good quality tequila or reposado (recommended: Cabo Wabo)
1 lime, juiced, plus lime wedges for garnish
Bring sugar and water up to a light simmer and cook until all of the sugar is dissolved. Add ginger and steep for 30 minutes. Pour ginger-simple syrup into blender and puree. Strain out pulp and store in a tightly sealed jar or bottle. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.
Pour some bar sugar onto small plate and grate a pinch of nutmeg on top, mix well.
Add tequila, lime juice, 5 ounces ginger-simple syrup and ice to cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Run lime wedge around rim of glass and dip in sugar/nutmeg mixture, add ice and pour in contents of shaker, grate a little nutmeg on top and serve with a wedge of lime.