A refreshing drink with a punch of ginger.
I am addicted to ginger drinks! I collect ginger ale by the cases. I have ginger tea in full stock. And then there is the ginger beer.
This drink is on the opposite side of ginger ale. Unlike ginger ale's slight taste of ginger, ginger beer has a very heavy flavor of ginger that can at times "burn your chest" with the spice. I am not too much of a fan of a burning chest, but my mom has been able to find a perfect blend of ginger for her recipe that makes this the best ginger beer recipe ever. (I may be biased.)
Ginger beer is a staple drink in Trinidad and Tobago, especially around Christmas time. It isn't really a beer beer, but it has to be left to ferment so I suppose the process is like a beer.
This is another easy recipe. The most important thing is that the ingredients, especially the ginger, are fresh so that you get a strong flavor. As I mentioned there are different levels of ginger beer: Very strong (chest burning sting), medium (balanced flavor) or weak (where is the ginger in this?) I know a lot of people who like that chest burning sting that can clear up your sinuses with one smell, I am not one of them. I like that medium drink with a nice balance of flavor and sweetness.
My mom's ginger beer is a balanced one.
You have to make the ginger "sit" which is the fermentation part for the "beer". The lime and cinnamon addition while the ginger ferments lends for a great flavor.
This is where personal taste comes in to sweeten the ginger beer. I've always used granulated (white) sugar so as to not darken the drink too much. I have never tried using agave or any other substitute but you are free to "sweeten as you like".
Remember that the ginger is the star in this drink so we don't want to overpower the taste too much. Not just with sweetener but also when you are adding clove to the mix. Clove can overpower ginger surprisingly, so be careful how much you add to the mixture.
Served over ice or chilled. I much prefer this chilled. It is soo refreshing. And just so you know, this has the option to be a boozy (just add rum) for any gathering.
I can't imagine as younger Renz I refused to drink ginger beer. I felt that it was too strong of a drink. I am still weary when others offer me their ginger beer as I never know how strong it is. This recipe is a winner and I encourage you, if you are a ginger lover, to try this and let me know what you think. It's easy and I am very sure you would like it. AND you can booze it out if you wish.
Have you ever heard of, much less, had ginger beer?
yield: Serves 4 - 6
Caribbean Ginger Beer
A popular Caribbean drink with a great ginger punch that can be served on its own chilled or used to as a base for a spicy mixed drink.
prep time: 60 MINScook time: total time: 60 mins
- 1 lb fresh ginger
- Peel of 1 lime
- 8 cups of water
- Sugar to taste
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon full cloves
- 1 tablespoon rice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
- Angostura Bitters
- Wash and chop ginger up into chunks
- Blend ginger with 3 cups of water
- Add lime peel, rice, cinnamon stick to ginger mixture and leave to set overnight
- Strain mixture
- Add additional water to mixture and sweeten to taste
- Add a dash of Angostura bitters, vanilla essence, and rum
- Pour into a clean bottle or jug
- Add cloves and refrigerate
- Serve on crushed ice or chilled
What goes great with some ginger beer?