Bon Appetit magazine’s current issue is all about the Caribbean—where to stay, what to do, and of course what to eat. Although reading about the various islands was interesting, I was most interested in reading the various recipes that are traditional to the region.
Amongst all the enticing recipes in my Bon Appetit magazine, I spotted a recipe for a Ginger Beer. How interesting is that? I have always loved ginger beer, so to make it myself using fresh ginger was very exciting (please remember that I am a bit of a food dork—a “forky”, if you will. Ha, ha!).
This recipe does take some time in that you need to start it 24 hours prior to serving; however, overall it was quite easy and simple. The end result? Fabulous! It is such a refreshing, simple drink with a great bite to it. I also think it would be great mixed with vodka to make a ginger martini. Doesn’t that sound great? What a fun drink to serve guests!
So here is the recipe, adapted from Bon Appetit (per 6-8 servings):
- 6 cups Water
- 1 lb Fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 2 ½ cups)
- 1 cup Sugar (brown or white)
- 1 Lime, cut into 6-8 wedges
- Boil water. As you are waiting for the water to boil, put ginger in a food processor to finely chop it. If you do not have a food processor, just chop the ginger as finely as possible with a knife.
- Once water begins to boil, add it to a large bowl. Then add the finely chopped ginger to the bowl and mix it with the water.
- Loosely cover the bowl with tin foil. Let this sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
- Strain the water/ginger mixture into a pitcher and discard the ginger pulp.
- Mix the sugar into the ginger water until it is fully dissolved.
- To serve, pour mixture over ice-filled glasses. Garnish glasses with lime wedges.
Bon Appetit suggests that if the drink is too strong, just add club soda. I really think y’all will like this drink—it is a great drink for a summer day!