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Monday, February 18, 2013

Jamaican Ginger Beer

I have not made a lot of drinks in my life but I think it is safe to say that this one would rank at the top for the strangest one.

It is very good. And healthy. It is basically a ginger juice so it is a very concentrated flavor. I do not recommend if you don't like ginger. But if you do or kinda do, I suggest that you try it. You can also really dilute it with some water or seltzer so the ginger taste is a background flavor instead of it being a full-on concentrated ginger juice.

I compared this with store bought ginger beer and it is different. The store-bought version is carbonated and not as gingery. It is also super sweet. The sugar content is as high as what's in a soda can.

pretty ginger root

The recipe calls for pulverizing a pound of ginger with water and then straining them for the juice. Then add more water to the ginger flesh and straining it again. Repeat again for the third time.

This is the first strained ginger juice. I love how green yellow it is. And it smells so gingery and good!

Once all the ginger juice have been extracted, add 1/2 cup fresh lime juice. Then add sugar. I start with 1 cup, stir well and taste, and add more if you desire more sweetness.

I served this with a couple of ice cubes and some mint.

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  1. Jenn, I love fresh ginger and lime, so I'm sure I'd LOVE your ginger beer. I could use a glass right now, in fact.

  2. How did you pulverize the ginger, and did you leave the skin on? I was thinking of using a food processor to reduce it to mush, then squeezing through cheesecloth or a strainer. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anonymous! I peel the skin with a spoon, then use food processor to pulverize and then squeezing through a fine strainer. I didn't use cheesecloth and it worked fine.


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