Carrot Ginger Elixir

serves 4

(recipe adapted from Bon Appetit)

Bring sugar, ginger, and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; let steep for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium pitcher; discard ginger. Cover and chill syrup.

Fill four 6-oz. glasses with ice cubes. Add carrot juice and lime juice to ginger syrup in pitcher; stir well. Divide elixir among prepared glasses and top with ginger beer. Serve with a slice of orange on each rim.