Cool Down With a Little Spice

There is a heat wave going down in much of the country, my friends. Did you know that spicy ingredients can actually help you to cool down?? It’s true. So is the fact that this is one freaking delicious cocktail. Spice up your Monday with this guy:

spicy papa2* Ginger, Pink Peppercorn Syrup
Take 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. whole pink peppercorns, 1/4 cup peeled, thinly sliced ginger. Bring all ingredients to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Gently simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve, then cool to room temperature.

I'd love to hear what YOU think! Scratch a few thoughts down there, why dontcha?