1 hr 15 mins
Home-made non-alcoholic ginger drinks are common throughout much of Africa, especially Western Afican. In Central Africa, West African shopkeepers often sell their homemade ginger drink, sometimes in recycled vegetable-oil bottles. These ginger drinks are much stronger than any ginger ale soda. They can be enjoyed chilled over ice, or diluted with cold water
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- 1Carefully remove and discard the ginger root's outer layer.
- 2Pound the ginger root to a pulp and place in a large ovenproof glass mixing bowl or stainless steel container.
- 3In a teakettle heat six cups of water to a boil.
- 4Pour water over the ginger, cover with a lid or a clean cloth.
- 5Put the mixture in a warm place. A sunny spot on a tabletop in front of a window is a good place on a hot day; an oven that has been slightly heated then turned off is a good place on a cold day. Wait one hour.
- 6Place a clean cheesecloth or a paper towel in a strainer and pour the the mixture through it into a large jar or pitcher (or two jars or pitchers as necessary).
- 7Squeeze the cloth to extract all the liquid from the ginger root. Mix in the citrus juice, sugar, and spices.
- 8Fill the jar with lukewarm water to make a gallon.
- 9Return the mixture to a warm spot and wait another hour.
- 10Strain the ginger beer once more and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.
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Nutritional Facts for Ginger Beer
Serving Size: 1 (255 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 49.5
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 4.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 12.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
- Sugars 12.5 g
- Protein 0.0 g
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