Ginger Beer

by Megan on November 19, 2012

I don’t know what I’m doing, you guys. I occasionally walk into wherever to meet my friends and say, “What uuuuuup!” while doing the raise-the-roof hand motion. I get stressed about silly things. I’m awful at most paper crafts. (I cut things out all jagged-like.) I sometimes doubt the stuff I’m baking when it takes too long to set… But you know what? This ginger beer makes me feel like a super cool Hermione of sorts.

It’s like a magical potion! And it tastes like carbonated zen. Relaxation in a tall classy way. It’s refreshing and so simple, that you’ll stop feeling anxious if only to pat yourself on the back because you made a drink! One worth loving.

P.S. I leave tomorrow to visit my parents for Thanksgiving. I think it’s just what I need. I plan on napping and going out to breakfast. I can’t wait to wake up to coffee next to my bed and Home Alone on the TV. Hope your Thanksgiving is a magical one! Make this ginger beer straight away! It’ll be ready just in time!

Ginger Beer (serves 6)
Recipe adapted from The Good Life Cookbook

Ingredients:

base –

  • scant 1 cup grated frozen ginger (100 g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • just over 1 cup water (250 ml)
to serve -
  • ice
  • soda water
  • fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Combine the ginger, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick in a jar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add water, cover and chill for 4 days to allow the flavors to develop.
  2. Strain and divide between tall glasses with ice. Add soda water to taste (a 4:1 ratio is about right), garnish with mint and a lemon wedge. Chug! Feel refreshed!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

I put the base in a pickle jar. It’s far dreamier than it appears.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan November 19, 2012 at 6:41 am

I think this would be just the ticket for a Thanksgiving cocktail, right?!

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Totally!

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cindy November 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

oh, dang! you’re like a beverage wizard…ain’t no drink-muggle, girl!
I hope your thanksgiving trip is restorative and everything you need…get yo relax on!

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Totally not a muggle! ha!

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Robyn November 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

happy thanksgiving! hope you have a great time at home! i love napping on my parent’s couch with the fireplace on while christmas movies play in the background! amazing.

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks girl! I totally napped the trip away.

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Billy November 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Get Relaxin’! I really need this in my life. right. away.

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Billy November 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

ps I second Cindy’s Beverage Wizard Title.

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

ha! Yes! And I can’t wait for our soup and salad date!

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Laura November 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hooray! I can’t wait to see you in 2 days!!!

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Sonia November 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

How perfect. Next step – moscow mules.

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Right?!

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NicoleD November 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Eek, so pretty! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and keep the change ya filthy animal :)

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Thanks, Nicole! I totally need Home Alone in my life!

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Sara @ The Cozy Herbivore November 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

I too make awkward hand motions when I’m trying to get a group PUMPED, especially if that group contains people younger than I. It’s really not okay.

Anyway, this looks absolutely divine, and the perfect way to settle your stomach after indulging in a holiday feast. I especially like the way you included the soda water in your ingredients shot. So cheeky!

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Megan November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

haha Yeah, oh man. We need to get our hand motions in check!

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