Now that Christmas is over, I’m looking towards New Years, and New Year’s Resolutions, for this week. Next year, I want to challenge myself more in the kitchen, and I want to be more creative. I got a jump start on that resolution this week with Marcus’ recipe for ginger beer. I love anything with ginger, and particularly enjoy ginger beverages. Making a homemade soda was a perfect challenge to set the tone for 2011.
What I love about this homemade ginger beer is that it’s refreshing, spicy, and chemical-free. I’m planning to serve it this New Year’s Eve with a shot of rum, for a homemade Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
It’s not carbonated, though the orange juice gives it a natural fizz. If you crave the bubbles from mass-produced ginger beer, just add an ounce or two of soda water.
Cheers to 2011!
Ginger Beer Recipe
- Juice of 4 limes
- 1 cup orange juice
- 4 cups water
- Two 3-inch pieces ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cloves
- 4 cardamom pods
1. Combine the lime juice, orange juice, water, ginger, sugar, cloves, and cardamom in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into a bowl, and let cool.
2. Cover and refrigerate the ginger beer for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Strain before serving.