JUNIPER, LEMON AND GINGER SPRITZER
2 tablespoons juniper berries
1 cup water
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Candied lemon peel and juniper berries to garnish
Crush the juniper berries in a mortar and pestle. Using a small knife or vegetable peeler, peel 4 to 5 large strips of zest from the lemon. Combine the crushed berries, water, sugar, lemon peel, and ginger in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until reduced by half. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for another 15 to 30 minutes. Strain the syrup, discarding the berries, zest and ginger.
To assemble the cocktail, pour 3 tablespoons of the syrup into a glass. Top with soda water or sparkling wine and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.Garnish with candied lemon peel and a few juniper berries.