Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
A Jamie Oliver recipe.
- 5 ounces fresh ginger
- 4 tablespoons muscovado sugar
- 2 -3 lemons
- 1 3⁄4 pints soda water or 1 3⁄4 pints sparkling water
- 1 sprig of fresh mint
- Grate the ginger on a coarse grater.
- You can leave the skin on if you like.
- Put the ginger with its pulpy juice into a bowl and sprinkle in muscovado sugar.
- Remove the rind from 2 of the lemons with a vegetable peeler, add to the bowl, and slightly bash and squash with something heavy like a rolling pin or a pestle.
- Just do this for 10 seconds to mix up the flavors.
- Squeeze the juice from all 3 lemons and add most of it to the bowl.
- Pour in the fizzy water.
- Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then taste.
- You may feel that the lemons are slightly too sour, therefore add a little sugar.
- If it's slightly too sweet, add a little more lemon juice.
- Pass the ginger beer through a coarse sieve into a large jug and add lots of ice and some sprigs of mint.
I love the idea behind this recipe -- a homemade alternative to something I normally buy in the stores. But I would pare back the amount of ginger. I only grated half as much as called for and added about two teaspoons of the resulting mixture to a pint of water. That was plenty of ginger taste for me! Also, I had a real problem peeling the lemons. The rind just wouldn't come off so I zested them instead. All in all a nice drink, but don't be afraid to experiment with amounts and steps until you find a version that suits your taste.
This does not turn out too bad and it is done in short notice. We don't get ginger ale or ginger beer around here, so this has become quite useful for us. Halving the amount of soda water and doubling the sugar makes a nice strong ginger beer.
A good easy way to make "ginger beer" but frankly the "real" way is not very difficult either.Try Homebrew Ginger Beer Homebrew Ginger Beer for an easy way to really brew ginger beer. Still if you are in a rush, the flavor you get with this recipe is pretty authentic.