Ginger Beer Refresher

Ginger Beer Refresher
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You know that moment when you order something because the description sounds so amazing and it is just NOT what you anticipated? We had such a moment recently. While out, the menu bragged about the restaurant’s house made ginger beer, so we gave it a shot. Not. Good. At. All. Major disappointment.


It was oh, so good and totally redeemed that sorry excuse for ginger beer the restaurant offered up.

Ginger Beer Refresher
Ginger Beer Refresher

Not long after, a friend casually offered us a cold drink and proceeded to pull something magical out of their refrigerator that far exceeded all our expectations of that little afternoon pick-me-up. It was oh, so good and totally redeemed that sorry excuse for ginger beer the restaurant offered up (isn’t homemade always better?). We consider ourselves savvy in the art of hospitality, but there is always plenty of room to grow. That day we learned lesson number 753 in how to be a good host: Have something surprising and delicious prepared and on hand at all times to serve for the spontaneous dinner party or happy hour play date and impressed guests are sure to follow.

We were so inspired by our friend’s refreshing libation we had to give it a go ourselves. If you are a fan of ginger this recipe is your new best friend. If you’re as crazy as we are for the spicy kick it offers, but not into the sickly sweet version often found in a bottle, you will be one happy reader. This new-to-us method couldn’t be easier, tastier or more cost effective. Even better? It’s a concentrate that can be stored for a couple of weeks and used as your base for juice, kombucha or a cocktail (sometimes all three for us on any given day and as our moods dictate). Drink up.

Ginger Beer Refresher

Serves 12

Concentrate

2lbs fresh ginger, peeled
9 cups water
5 limes
2 cups turbinado sugar
cheesecloth

Refresher

1 lime per drink
1/4 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger concentrate

Method

  1. In a Vitamix or similar blender, cover raw ginger with 6 cups of water. Run blender until the ginger is a pulp texture. Holding a cheese cloth over a large bowl, pour the pulp into the cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid in the bowl as possible.
  2. Remove the dry pulp from the cheesecloth and place back into the blender. Add 3 cups of water and run the blender on high until completely combined. Pour the pulp back into the cheesecloth and squeeze out the extra liquid into the bowl. Discard the ginger pulp after this round.
  3. Clean out the blender and pour the liquid into the blender. Add the sugar and lime juice and blend well.
  4. Store the concentrate in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  5. When making a refresher pour the concentrate over a cup of ice, top with club soda and lime juice and stir. You may need to adjust your concentrate amount based on how spicy you like it.

Note: This concentrate makes an excellent Moscow Mule.