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Calm Before the Storm



1 fat slice cucumber, quartered

6−8 mint leaves

½ ounce fresh lime juice

½ ounce ginger syrup*

Ale-8-One soft drink, as needed

Mountain Valley Sparkling Water (or sparkling water of choice)

Mint sprig, for garnish

Cucumber slice, for garnish


  1. Build the drink in a glass by muddling (without a lot of pressure) cucumber with mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. 
  2. Add ice to ¾ full, then add lime juice and ginger syrup, and top with equal parts  Ale-8-One and sparkling water. 
  3. Add more ice if necessary and garnish with a mint sprig and slice of cucumber.

*Ginger Syrup / Bring 4 cups sugar and 4 cups water to a gentle simmer.  Add 2 cups julienned ginger and a few jalapeño or cayenne peppers with seeds removed. Remove from heat after 10 minutes and let sit for 48 hours. Strain and keep chilled.