Last summer I discovered a drink that I'd never had or heard of before. This drink would subsequently change my life. Forever.
Okay, that's a little dramatic. But for real, once I had a Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer and lime) I found myself asking for it at every bar I visited. It is honestly my favorite drink....ever. Any drink that involves ginger beer: I'm all over that. If you've never had a ginger beer drink before, do yourself a favor and make that your next cocktail.
So you can imagine my elation when one of my super awesome birthday gifts from Tony (bar tools and cocktail books) included a recipe for homemade ginger beer. Needless to say, I tried making it right away and it was a huge success!
It's super easy and super cheap. And, it'll keep in the fridge for up to a month. But if you're like me, there's no way it's lasting that long!
So without further adieu...
(Makes just over 4 cups)
5 cups of water
1 large ginger root, minced
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
1 table spoon fresh squeezed lime juice
1) Bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat.
2) Add minced ginger and cover. Let infuse for 1 hour.
Tip: if you have a food processor, mince the ginger in there. It'll be a lot faster. If you're like me and your food processor broke...cut up the ginger into inch-thick pieces and pulse chop in a blender. Remove and continue to mince by hand.
3) Strain the mixture through a fine strainer. Use the back of a large spoon to press on the ginger chunks and squeeze out all the yummy liquid.
4) Add lime and brown sugar, sir and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
YEAH. I KNOW. IT'S THAT EASY!
Now, the difference between this and ginger beer you buy at the store is that it's not carbonated. This makes for an awesomely smooth flavor. But, if you find you're missing the bubbles in your drink, just add a few splashes of club soda. Makes up for it without changing the flavor.
Now get concocting!