Sparkling Ginger Lemonade…. Cheers!

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I am finally fashionable.

Yes, I am now officially part of the fashionable foodie crowd… I’ve dined on food from a gourmet food truck!!!

This past weekend, the lovely Rachael of La Fuji Mama organized a tasting from one of LA’s newest gourmet food trucks – Cheer Burger. It was a great opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite people and try some amazing burgers. So what is so special about these burgers – one word… JUICY! These were, hands down, some of the juiciest burgers I’ve ever had. Cheer Burger has 5 different burgers and yes – we got to try all five. My favorite? The Rich Burger – mushrooms, onions and garlic with a “special” sauce… oh yeah, definitely my kind of burger! No burger would be complete though  without fries and Cheer Burger has two different kinds – cottage fries and sweet potato fries – both of which were outstanding! Lest you think that this is just another Burger truck, let me assure you that it isn’t – the truck also offers a variety of Korean style  buns and a “yummy yam pocket” – which is exactly that – yams with melted mozzarella encased in a fried shell.

Don't these make your mouth water?

To accompany our burgers, La Fuji Mama’s brother (who introduced Rachael to the burger truck) made a ginger lemonade which was the perfect accompaniment to the burgers and fries… and of course it got me thinking that it would also be a great beverage to serve during the Super Bowl for those who don’t drink beer. So, today I whipped up a batch to “test drive it”… and yes, it is the perfect drink to serve with chicken wings, chips and dips.

So what are you serving for the Super Bowl? Me… well,  stay tuned for my Super Bowl Menu!!!

Here are some other lemonade recipes you may enjoy

Dianasaurdishes –Lavender Lemonade

Amanda’s Cookin’ – Fresh Raspberry Lemonade


Sparkling Ginger Lemonade

The ginger infused sugar syrup can be made 1 week ahead of time and refrigerated. For serving, transfer the sugar syrup to a decorative bottle (empty wine bottles that have been washed are great for this!), label and set out so your guests can adjust the sweetness of the lemonade to their taste. Also, you can add additional slices of lemon and ginger to the pitcher if desired.

(6 servings)

  • one 4 inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 to 10 lemons)
  • 2 cups sparking water


  1. Slice ginger into 1/8th inch slices. Combine ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the ginger steep for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger, cool and refrigerate.
  3. Juice lemons. In  a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice and 1 cup of the ginger infused syrup, stir. Fill a glass halfway with ice and fill glass halfway with the lemon juice mixture. Add the sparkling water and stir. Taste, adding more syrup if needed.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and mint if desired.



  1. says

    So bummed I missed out on this event! Because I was already committed to FBLA. Sounds like a lot of fun, will have to scout out the truck for future burgers.

    Lemonade looks delicious too. :)


    • says

      I know… I am bummed I missed FBLA (sigh…) that’s the way it always works, though, isn’t it??? Think we need to hit up the OC trucks soon!!!

  2. says

    You have always been fashionable! Sounds like an iced tea version would be good, too.
    You can tell you live in Calif. My daughter is freezing in NY right now.
    Mary Ann

    • says

      This in an Arnold Palmer would be terrific! I’ll bet your daughter is c-o-o-l-d…… evidently this has been the snowiest Jan. on record…. Brrrr.. wishing for a bit of that cold here though.

    • says

      Me too Jean! We’ve had whatever it is going through the house so I made a big batch of the ginger syrup to add to tea and even made some more lemonade – felt great on a sore throat!

  3. sally cameron says

    Nancy, this looks so refreshing. I don’t drink sodas so lemonade is a favorite, as is anything with ginger. Looking forward to trying it!


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