With the long holiday weekend drawing near, what better way to kick back and relax than with this refreshing take on lemonade. I begin by making a sugar syrup (two cups of sugar and one cup of water brought to a simmer), to which I added several sprigs of fresh mint, and about two inches of peeled fresh ginger. I let the syrup steep for ten minutes and then strained it. Start by filling each glass with ice (I also rimmed mine by dipping each into lemon juice, and then into granulated sugar, which adds a festive touch), a few lemon slices, and several torn mint leaves. Add one part freshly squeezed lemon juice, one part sugar syrup (or to taste), and four parts club soda. This lemonade is sweet, tart, and refreshing. For an added kick, add a splash of your favorite vodka, and you have a delicious cocktail, perfect for any fourth of July barbecue. Enjoy!