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Ginger Beer

Ginger root

(Jamaican ginger beverage)

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Ginger beer is a very popular beverage in Jamaica. This zingy drink goes well with spicy jerk chicken or pork. It is sometimes fermented, but the simpler, non-alcoholic recipe version is given here.

Makes about 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • Gingerroot, chopped -- 3/4 to 1 pound
  • Water -- 2 quarts
  • Sugar -- 2/3 to 3/4 cup
  • Lemons or limes, juice only -- 2 to 3

Method

  1. Place the chopped ginger, 3 cups of the water and 2/3 cup sugar in a blender and puree well. Let set for at least 30 minutes or overnight to extract all the flavor.
  2. Strain the liquid through a fine-meshed sieve and pour into a pitcher. Add enough water to make 2 quarts and stir in the the lemon or lime juice and additional sugar to taste. Chill well before serving.

Variations

  • Add more or less ginger to your taste.
  • For a bubbly beverage, puree the ginger with 2-3 cups of regular water, then use club soda to bring the total amount of liquid up to 2 quarts.

Comments

Thanks for the tips, I am curious about the ginger beers, it sounds strange to me... There is one problem though: I am not from Jamaica, can I find this beer in beer clubs?

Garry, you can find Jamaican ginger beer in the supermarket. I bought a 2 liter bottle from Giants for $2.19. Look in the bottled water or soda aisle.

Like REAL Jamaican GInger beer could
NEVER be found in a bottle and sold!
It might taste good to you, no offense, it is NOT
good like the real thing!!!

No kidding! Wish I could find Jamaican ginger, that really makes a difference, plus I think a little fermentation really brings out the ginger bite

ITS GOOD FOR GAS AND IT CAN SET IN A BOTTLE IN THE CORNER OF YOUR KITCHEN FOR YEARS BLESS

I AGREE THE THING IS THE BEST BECAUSE ALL NOW I HEAR NOTHING ABOUT THE BOILING AND ADDING RAW RICE,CINNAMON STICK, DARK SUGAR SERVE OVER ICE WITH A TWISTED LINE BLESS