A perfect drink for a picnic, this fresh, non-alcoholic ginger beer is simple to make; does not require any fermentation, bottling, waiting weeks for the brew to mature or running the risk of bottles exploding in your basement or closet. While it is not carbonated like the bottled ginger beer, it’s concentrated, so can be topped off with your favorite soda or sparkling mineral water. The addition of lime and lime zest to the chopped fresh ginger concoction adds extra zing along with a few whole cloves for a subtle spice flavor.
4 ounces fresh ginger, coarsely chopped-no need to peel
2 limes, zest and juice
2 whole cloves
1 cup light brown sugar
Soda, tonic water, or sparkling mineral water
In the bowl of a food processor, process ginger until grated. Remove to a large heatproof pitcher or measuring cup. Add lime zest, lime juice, cloves and brown sugar. Add 4 cups boiling water, then stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool, strain, then chill. To serve, half-fill glasses with the ginger beer and top off with the soda, tonic water or sparkling mineral. Garnish with lime slices. Serves 4.