Ginger ~ Peach Soda


1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 very ripe peaches
2 Liter Seltzer
16 fresh mint leaves

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup water, sugar, and ginger to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Remove simple syrup from heat, cover, and steep for about 30 minutes.
Over a medium bowl, pour syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing minced ginger against sieve with the back of a spoon to extract flavor.
Discard ginger. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled.
Evenly distribute peach slices among 8 tall glasses.
For each glass, lightly press peaches with a wooden spoon to release juices.
Pour about 2 tablespoons chilled syrup over peaches.
(Store remaining syrup in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.) Add ice cubes; then top with seltzer.
Stir to distribute syrup, peach juice, and seltzer evenly.
Garnish with 2 mint leaves.
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