Carefully simmering fresh ginger in water for a good, long while is the key to deep, rounded flavor. Once you have the ginger syrup on hand, a hankering for ginger ale can be satisfied practically instantly (the drink's trademark fizz comes from seltzer).
Fennel and Smoked Salmon Salad. A light, crisp salad of thinly sliced fennel bulb and lemon zest is the perfect complement to buttery smoked salmon. Serve this salad on its own or alongside a platter of bagels and cream cheese.