Homemade Gingerbeer

23 Oct

Hello lovelies, I’m all a-tingling on account of some delicious home-brewed gingerbeer fizzing away gently.

Alright in all honesty it’s not fizzing away gently, it’s taut like a rocket set for flight. Don’t take that lid off willy-nilly Lou otherwise we’ll have premature lift-off. Roger that Houston.

I am well-excited about Christmas (sorry. Lie. I’m not sorry) and I have made and continue producing a delicious punch on Christmas day of late. It gets devoured and I continually top-up, add-to and recreate for hours on end! It’s refreshing. This is helpful because we celebrate Christmas mid-summer weather.

This year I decided to make the base of the punch, gingerbeer, from scratch. A more wholesome, less-sugar-induced-coma-pop-soda-ish. And I also may have promised someone lovely that I would rock ginger 2012 and since Christmas is on it’s way (sorry lovelies, but it is…) I better rock a little more than a one times ginger experience before New Year 2013 heralds the end of 2012!

*insertsquealhere* I love Christmas. I mean completely, absolutely, crazy, adore, love Christmas.

Without further adieu (i.e. before freaking you out about Christmas and shopping and meal preparation…oh sorry) here is the most delicious gingerbeer that might rocket around your kitchen in an explosion of bubbliciousness (that is so a word).

Gingerbeer

  • 1 large chunk of fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dried yeast
  • juice and grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 2-4 tsp dried ginger
  • 2 Tbspn warm water
  • 1 C boiling water
  • cold water

Method

Dissolve half a teaspoon of the sugar in the warm water, add yeast, stir, and leave to sit somewhere warm for 10 minutes or until frothy.

In a jug, place juice and rind of lemons, add the remaining sugar, and the fresh and dried ginger. Pour the boiling water over and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.

Strain the mixture into an empty 2 litre bottle (plastic NOT glass – it really could explode and shards of plastic in the back of your head might be more pleasant than glass shards, no?). Fill the bottle with cold water, leaving enough space for the yeast mixture and I leave a little space for expansion!

Add the yeast mixture to the bottle once it is frothing. Screw the lid on tightly, shake gently a couple of times to mix and then place the bottle in a warm place for 1-4 days. The bottle will become very taut and hard to indent when the gingerbeer is ready.

When deemed done, chill the bottle in the fridge in preparation for a tastebud party! (while this gingerbeer is a fizzy-whizz when you want to open the bottle, flicking the bottom of the bottle with your finger prior to releasing the cap usually dissipates the excited bubbles!

Pour into a glass and enjoy. For a sweeter version use a smaller bottle, and for a less sweet version use a 2.5 litre bottle.

Gingerbeer gloriousness: add to a glass of champagne, add a dash of whiskey to your gingerbeer, make it the base of a fruit punch (tea, orange/pineapple juice, soda water, chopped fruits like oranges, pineapple, strawberries, whole grapes), drink it on the rocks. Enjoy it as you like my lovelies!

Cheers my lovelies, because you are delicious and because ginger has so many health benefits!

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2 Responses to “Homemade Gingerbeer”

  1. movita beaucoup November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    First, this gingerbeer looks eipic.
    Second, that won’t stop me from trying to buttercream your butt in Ginger 2012…

    • Love Loulabel November 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      well, if this past week’s baking school cake display shelves are anything to go by, considered my butt iced LOL. Those cakes are gorg! …off to find another use for ginger pronto…stomach upsets from eating too much cake…yes, definitely a first aid box staple is ginger!!! mwah xox

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