Recipe: Ginger Beer

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Ingredients:-

  • 140 g fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1 litre soda water or sparkling mineral water
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

Method:-

  • First of all you need to grate your ginger on a coarse cheese grater – you can leave the skin on if you like.
  • Put the ginger with its pulpy juice into a bowl and sprinkle in your muscovado sugar.
  • Remove the rind from 2 of your lemons with a vegetable peeler, add to the bowl, and slightly bash and squash with something heavy like a pestle or a rolling-pin.
  • Just do this for 10 seconds, to mix up all the flavours. Squeeze the juice from all 3 lemons and add most of it to the bowl.
  • Pour in your fizzy water or soda water.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then taste. You may feel that the lemons are slightly too sour, therefore add a little more sugar; if it's slightly too sweet, add a little more lemon juice.
  • To be honest, these amounts are always a little variable so just follow your own taste.
  • Pass the ginger beer through a coarse sieve into a large jug and add lots of ice and some sprigs of mint.

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