I am always looking for a refreshing summer drink and my new favorite is Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer is a non alcoholic crisp and refreshing libation. I have only purchased Ginger beer but I did find a reciepe online and will try in the future to make my own.
Non Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Makes about 3 cups of ginger beer base or enough for 15-20 servings.
1/2 pound fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1-2 cups purified water
1/8-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/1-1 cups raw agave nectar or honey
candied ginger, optional
sparkling water or club soda
Combine the prepared ginger root along with the purified water in the bowl of a high powered blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade. Blend or process for about 3-5 minutes.
Strain the ginger pulp through a fine mesh strainer or a strainer lined in wet cheesecloth. Use a spoon or ladle to press all of the liquid through leaving only the dry pulp.
Return the pulp back to the blender or food processor along with another cup of water and process for another 3-5 minutes.
Repeat the straining and discard the remaining pulp.
Add 1/4 cup of the freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1 cup of raw agave nectar to the strained ginger juice. Blend together. Do not add additional agave or lime until after you have sampled the mixture with soda.
In a 10-12 ounce highball style glass, measure 1-2 ounces of the ginger base. Add about 7-8 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, stir, and taste to make any adjustments.
If you prefer a sweeter base, add more agave. You can even add sugar or blend in some candied ginger for a considerably sweeter gingery drink.
If you want it to be more citrusy, add more lime juice. Be careful not to add too much lime as it might interfere with the gingery nature of the beverage. Add only a little at a time until it is just to your liking. Another option for additional lime essence without overwhelming the base with juice would be to serve the brew with a twist of lime run around the rim of the glass before serving.
Store the ginger base in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings ready to go.
When serving, mix drinks individually or make a pitcher for a larger crowd.
*Ginger root is great for you as a metabolism booster as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory where regular consumption of the root has been proven to help reduce and alleviate the pain and swelling associated with chronic ailments.