As the debate rages on whether to ban or limit the sale of sugary sodas, we have a solution – make your own. That’s right. Old fashioned ginger beer or ginger ale is one of the most satisfying drinks you can make. You can use it as a base for natural sodas or cocktails and enjoy it with the knowledge that you are not overloaded with sugar.
For centuries cooks have been experimenting with ginger, fascinated by the heat from the ginger root. There is really no mystery to making ginger beer. The key ingredients are ginger, water and sugar.
The only thing this drink needs is time. The mixture steeps for at least a day to reach its full flavour. We imagine someone first stumbled on the drink after forgetting to watch over a pot of ginger and returned to find a bubbly, peppery brew.
Some purists will say that you need to add a pinch of brewer’s yeast to ginger beer. We’ve discovered that if the mixture sits in a warm place, or a bright window, then the ginger and spices will do their magic.
Old Fashioned Ginger Beer
1 cup peeled, minced ginger
4 cups hot water
Juice and peel of one lime
1 stick cinnamon
Mix ingredients together and let sit for a day in a warm place
Strain and sweeten to taste with sugar or simple syrup
Top with plain soda or serve over ice