By now it should be apparent that I’m something of a ginger phene. I mean in the past two weeks alone I’ve posted recipes for Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice, Tangy Red Cabbage with Ginger, and Rhubarb Ginger Crumble. I can assure you I won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Although I made a Boozy Ginger Beer when I was in Ghana, I’ve been wanting to try a non-alcoholic version. This is pretty darn close to perfect- just enough brown sugar sweetness, some fruity tartness from the lime, and a whole lot of ginger kick.
If you’re a Frugal Fannie like myself, feel free to re-use the ginger. There’s still be a lot of ginger flavor left for your favorite tea or syrup.
Jamaican Ginger Beer
Yield: 4 servings
* 5 cups water
* 1 cup minced ginger
* 1/3 cup lime juice
* 1/2 to 2/3 cup brown sugar
* 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
In a large saucepan bring the water and ginger to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add lime, cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Taste and add a little extra sugar, if desired.
Let stand for three hours. Strain and refrigerate. Serve over ice with a slice of lime.