I can't say enough about ginger--or Good Olde Ginger Beer--and it's uses. While some people swear that the medicinal value trumps all other uses, I believe it's a matter of choice and the situation at hand.
You know this drink was always the choice drink on a balmy evening while enjoying other treats like sweet potato or cornmeal pudding. As well as respecting the pungent taste and sipping slowly with an aura of sophistication, as though one were a connoisseur of home-made folk drinks, the many reactions from people usually sum up the 'beer's' acceptance.
Nevertheless, tolerance and understanding usually triumph any inclination to express either dismay or disappointment, because there are many factors that may contribute to missing the target in terms of quality.
Needless to say that all ginger beer is not equal. Sometimes with caution and tact, too, the complaints roll in with the jury, as subjective as that may be.
If you find this recipe satisfy your taste...PASS IT ON.
¼ lb. Ginger Root
1 lb. Sugar
½ lb. lime
3 cups water
½ cup of Ice (crushed)
Large Mixing Bowls
Fine grain Strainer
Wash the ginger root to remove any dirt or foreign matter, then cut the ginger root into tiny pieces, let us say 1/8 inch.
Put ginger in the Electric Blender one handful at a time until the Blender is ¾ ways full, each time.
Add about ½ cup of water to the ginger in the Blender. Turn the Blender switch to Puree and allow ginger to process until they are ground to a pulp.
Remove pulp and place into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup water to pulp.
Using your clean hand, squeeze the pulp in your palm, allowing the juice to flow through the strainer. Put the squeezed pulp on a plate to the side.
Repeat this process until all the pulp is squeezed. Add water to the squeezed pulp that you put on a plate earlier, in a mixing bowl.
Squeeze this pulp again. Drain the ginger in another container through the strainer so as to stop any remaining pulp from getting in the final product.
Mix all ingredients together. Your drink is ready.
CAUTION : This drink is very harsh and pungent. It will burn your throat a little. My suggestion is dilute this drink to your level of tolerance.
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