The other week I was sent a copy of Gardening Australia, for the primary reason that I spotted the comment that they had a Ginger Beer recipe in the press release. Mmmm. We love ginger anything around here. Particularly being ginger’s {well, me sort of} ourselves. Sooo, it arrived and it looked less like the copy above and after being rained on in yet another Queensland big wet a little more like this;

Anyway, the short version is that the recipe takes a week of prep time and two weeks of sitting time. And we, my hubby and I, are impatient. So we put it all together and whizzed the heck out of it in the Thermomix, strained it and used it as cordial with our SodaWater. It was great. Buuuut, if you’d like the give the traditional {and let’s face it, probably tastier} method a go, here’s how the recipe goes;

  1. combine a 5cm knob of ginger {peeled and chopped} with 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger, 4 teaspoons of sugar {dextrose!?}, the juice of two lemons, 1 teaspoon of lemon pulp and 8 sultanas in a jar. We didn’t have the sultanas so left them out {rebels, I know!}. Pour into a sterilised jar and cover with a stocking. But it somewhere warm for a week.
  2. After 3 or 4 days {when it bubbles} feed the little ginger pot of awesome 4 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger daily.
  3. After the 7th day strain the pulp from the liquid keeping both. {the solid portion can be used to start the process again}
  4. In a pot large enough to hold 9L of liquid combine 4 cups of sugar and 1L of boiling water.
  5. Dissolve sugar on low heat and add ginger jar of awesome liquid into the pot with the juice of 4 lemons and 7l of water.
  6. Sterilise plastic bottles {glass might explode, exercise caution!} and put a few pieces of fresh ginger in the bottom of each bottle.
  7. Fill bottles with ginger beer leaving a 3cm gap at the top.
  8. Seal and put in a warm spot for up to two weeks.
  9. It’s now ready to drink. The fizz may be a bit full on, so open outside or over your sink.

 

And there you go! You’re welcome. There are clearer instructions and even photos in the magazine, so pop out and buy it if you are a visual type person. Enjoy your weekend. Perhaps you could kick off your mission for fabulous home-made ginger beer?