Last year around this same time, Josh and I were visiting my sister and brother-in-law in China. While there we discovered a little expat coffee shop and cafe that boasted of its American cuisine, so we gave it a shot. One taste I distinctly remember from that meal was the ginger lemonade. Perfectly sweet with a hint of spice and fresh citrus. For the SLCmixer this past weekend I tried making my own version of ginger lemonade starting with this ginger simple syrup. The drink made for a refreshing welcome as people came in the doors for the wine tasting.
Jim Santangelo lead the SLCmixer this weekend, teaching the group how to taste wines using your olfactory senses. We tasted light, medium and full reds and whites, while also smelling and viewing the food items that we could be experiencing in the wines. It was a fantastic way to start coordinating your senses with familiar flavors to the wines we drink. Jim is full of knowledge and super enthusiastic about wine, which easily rubbed off on the group. We all left more excited to try and share wine with the knowledge we gained.
We have one more SLCmixer before we go on a little vacation and a few spots left. This Saturday we’ll being toasting breads and spreading jams at the Toast and Marmalade mixer. I hope you’ll join us. Today we’re giving away an amazing gift basket from Cahootal, including some of the Amour Spreads that we’ll be tasting this weekend. Cahootal is a great online source for local food products and gifts. Leave a comment for a chance to win this gourmet treat. For a second entry, you can follow Vintage Mixer on facebook (we recently started this facebook page so we need a little love) or follow Cahootal on facebook. In your comment below just let us know you’ve become a facebook follower as well. Here is a photo of what you’re entering to win.
The winner will be announced Friday at the top of this post.
On a side note… Josh and I are just counting down the days until we’ll be sipping on wine in France and Italy now!! Only 8 more days! Until then I’ll be drinking Ginger Lemonade and making new creations with this simple syrup. What would you create with this simple syrup?
Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup ginger, diced into tiny pieces
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- Bring ginger, sugar and water to boil over medium high heat. Then turn to low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Store in a jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Love the giveaway and the recipe!! Thanks!
I liked both on FB as well!
What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for introducing me to Cahootal. I really wanted to make it to this Saturday’s mixer but can’t! So bummed.
I liked Cahootal on FB.
Great site and concept by the way! I love it.
I Like The Vintage Mixer on FB.
And I think I would make lemonade too! Maybe make a reduction and put it over ice cream? Who knows, so many possibilities.
And I’m so jealous you are going to Italy and France! How wonderful.
Oh I love the sound of ginger lemonade!
I love our local foodie selection. What a great idea.
Happy to see you on FB. I liked both. 😀
I think it’s fantastic how much our local selection here in Utah has just grown in the past few years. It’s been fantastic! Follow you and Cahootal. Wish I could be at the mixer. Is there anyway to get email updates for upcoming SLC Mixers? Would love to get more involved with the community and other bloggers.
Thanks for the comment! I will add you to our email list for SLC Foodie updates 🙂
I so wish I was there to experience this upcoming SLCmixer! My mother used to love marmalades spread on plain crackers and I inherited that same sweet tooth! 🙂
I like the vintage mixer on FB!
I like cahootal on FB too! Great giveaway and website! 🙂
Manda, you are the big winner of the gift basket!! Please email slcfoodie at gmail with your address and we’ll get that out to you asap. I think you’re going to love the Amour spreads and so many things in the gift!
Impressive collection of local producers!
Lovely. Liked you on Facebook too!
Is this the syrup you used for your cake? I’m definitely saving this recipe!!
Deborah, yes it is!! I’ll post the cake soon! I’m a bit behind on posts right now 🙂
What an amazing giveaway!
I liked both FB pages.
Amour Spreads are scrumptious! Enjoy Saturday’s Mixer.
Fantastic giveaway and I just planted ginger so I’m saving the recipe for my first harvest. Thanks! Heading over to Facebook now…
Great opportunity to try new things. I love to cook and bake and constantly looking for new recipes to try.
I am really excited to try these products.. They look amazing. I love to cook and try new ingredients that come out. I am excited to try your recipies so I can make them this summer for get togethers and BBQ”s. The ideas are endless with so may possibilities.. Thanks for the info.
Hoping for a shot at that fabulous gift basket! Love the website!
Amazing giveaway!! Thanks
What an amazing giveaway!
Yay for a giveaway!
I love me some local products and giveaways!
Looks like a great collection! Thanks for the chance to win!
I so want to win this basket of fine goods! Love your blog by the way!
Fabulous collection of local made goods. Hope I win this one!
Stumbled upon your blog today and ‘m so glad I did. I liked the Vintage Mixer page on FB!
Liked the Cahootal page as well!
I think I’m going to be making some ginger syrup tomorrow. 🙂 I bought some that I’ve been juicing and it’s super spicy. I love it. Great giveaway!
I’m so excited for you to travel to Europe. I can’t wait to hear all about it.
I am a follower on FB of VM.
I follow Cahootal on FB.
I had an amazing drink at a restaurant that was made with soda water, ginger syrup, and lime juice. I’d use this syrup to try to make something similar. It was very refreshing.
Manda, you are the lucky winner of the Cahootal gift basket! Congratulations! For the rest of you, there is a giveaway for a Harmon’s gift certificate today on theSLCfoodie.com and many more giveaways to come. Thanks to everyone for visiting The Vintage Mixer!!
Yay!!!! I wanted something to send my grandma for mother’s day and this will be an extra special surprise!
Love the gift basket and the ginger lemonade sounds delicious for summer!!