Ginger Lemonade

Adding ginger to lemonade considerably ups its health quotient. This recipe calls for a full pound of ginger, which makes a moderately strong-tasting beverage. For an even more potent "hit" of ginger, use an additional 1/4 to 1/2 pound. Fortunately, you don't have to peel all that ginger, just slice it.

1 pound unpeeled ginger, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 14 lemons)
Ice cubes
Fresh mint, for garnish

1 In a medium saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and allow to cool to room temperature.
2 Strain the ginger syrup into a refrigerator container. Stir in the lemon juice and chill.
3 Serve the chilled ginger lemonade over ice cubes with fresh mint.

Makes 8 servings.
Per serving: 248 calories, 0.4g total fat (0.1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 1.4g dietary fiber, 64g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 9mg sodium.