Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
Alicia, a member of Raw Paws--a Yahoo! Pets Group--posted this recipe, citing The United States Regional Cook Book by Ruth Berolzheimer as her source. Wholesome Sweeteners, which is available in health food stores, probably produces the only blackstrap molasses that actually tastes pretty good (although the label might or might not state "blackstrap," they only produce one type); you could also use Barbados molasses for a less nutritious but better-tasting beverage. I use Penzey's ground ginger and Bragg vinegar because it's unfiltered and contains "the mother" ("strand-like molecules of connected protein molecules," as per the label).
- 1 1⁄3 cups molasses
- 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
- 2⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 7 pints cold water (or fill gallon jar to top)
- Combine ingredients together in order given and serve on very hot days.
I made this to put more iron in my system and to benefit from the ginger that helps with circulation in the body insha Allah. I used date molasses (Middle Eastern stores - Iraqi product) as that is the only kind I had on hand but I will try this again insha Allah using blackstrap molasses. I estimated measurements and I think I added more molasses than called for and more ginger out of my agreement with reviewer, Missy Wombat that I think this benefits from additional ginger. I used organic Edan apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) as liquid that is flavoured does not have the health benefits of the real stuff!!! Made for Bargain Basement Tag Game - December 2010.
If you are looking for a sweet drink you are not going to get this using your typical blackstrap molasses. However it is quite drinkable. I think it would benefit from extra ginger.