Hiyashiame is a sweet ginger drink that is popular mainly in the Kansai (western) area in Japan. The spicy taste from ginger helps overcome brutal summer heat fatigue. A common sight during summer is a cold drink machine in the front of a tea shop or candy shop with Hiyashiame. It is also well known as a summer festival drink sold by street vendors. For many Japanese, Hiyashiame is a special flavor that is part of summer. If you are tired of sodas and lemonade, try this authentic Japanese summer drink.
- 120-150g corn syrup
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1 1/2- 2 Tbsp ginger root, grated
- 500ml water
- Put all the ingredients in a pot and warm until the syrup dissolves. Let it cool.
- Strain out the ginger fibers and pour over ice in a glass.