I have two versions of a sentence in mind:
- She found the water by the bed and took a sip, gingerly.
- She found the water by the bed and took a ginger sip.
The first would be correct in sense, but not (to me) a terribly interesting sentence in construction. The second sounds (to me) better, but the etymology doesn't seem to support it. "Gingerly" seems to have an origin unrelated to that of "ginger," and I cannot find examples of the word "ginger" used in this way. That said, maybe I just don't know where to look.
So I am interested to know: Would this usage make sense to readers? Are there perhaps examples of this usage that I've missed? Or would it be coloring outside the lines, so to speak?