Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jamaican and Lemon Ginger Beer

Jamaican Ginger Beer

* 1 pound whole fresh ginger
* 8 tablespoons of brown sugar
* 2 1/2 quarts water
* Crushed ice

Peel and chop ginger. Combine with water and puree in a blender. Let mixture sit (covered) at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain out solids and pulp, and stir in sugar until dissolved. Serve over crushed ice.

Lemon Ginger Beer

* 3/4 cup whole fresh ginger
* 3/4 cup honey
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup lemon juice
* 2 cups hot water
* 2 tbs lemon zest
* 4 cups sparkling water

Peel and chop ginger. In a blender or food processor, puree the ginger along with the hot water, honey, sugar and lemon juice. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate (covered) for at least 24 hours (or up to 5 days if you want it stronger). Strain, and serve mixed with sparkling water over ice.

Source: Suite 101

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