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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Quick Ginger Beer

English: Dark 'n Stormy Cocktail made with Gos...
English: Dark 'n Stormy Cocktail made with Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

This is the easy way to make ginger beer, where the ginger is simply soaked-just slightly fermented-for 24 hours (another method requires up to a five-day fermentation). Ginger  beer is one of Jamaica's most popular softdrinks and is sold practically everywhere, from the supermarket to roadside stands.

This drink is wonderfully refreshing if the ginger heat is too much, tame it with more crushed ice and some club soda.

You will need:

6 cups water
1 pound fresh ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 2½ cups)

1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar or white sugar
Crushed ice
1 lime, cut into 6 to 8 wedges

Here's how:

Bring 6 cups water to a boil in large saucepan. Finely chop ginger in processor. Transfer chopped ginger to large glass or ceramic bowl; add boiling water and stir to blend. Cover loosely with foil; let ginger mixture stand at cool room temperature 24 hours.

Strain ginger liquid into large pitcher; discard solids in strainer. Add sugar to liquid and stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour ginger beer over ice. Serve each glass of ginger beer with lime wedge to squeeze over.
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