Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass -- or mule mug -- filled halfway with ice)
4 c water2 c honey8 inches fresh ginger, cut into 1 inch pieces (not peeled)5 c vodka2 c lime juice4 c sparkling water2 limes, cut into wedges for serving
Make a honey simple syrup: In a Vitamix or a blender, whip up one cup water, two cups honey, and the chopped ginger until ginger is minced (don’t put the setting on high because it will overflow). In a small saucepan, add the mix from the blender with 3 cups of water. Over medium heat, simmer and stir for 5 minutes until the mixture begins to rumble to a good boil. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve into the clean blender, pressing ginger with the back of a spoon to the sieve to obtain all the flavor possible. Strain twice if you don’t like little ginger granules in your drink (I DON’T!) Transfer 4 cups of ginger mix into a gallon jug using a funnel -- note that this makes 5 cups syrup, leaving one left over to add to your tea, oatmeal, or another cocktail.
Add remaining ingredients -- 5 cups vodka and 2 cups lime juice -- to the jug. Swirl to combine. Immediately before serving, add the 4 cups of sparkling water and lime wedges and ENJOY!
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