Summer is the time for picnics, get-togethers, and being outdoors in the lovely sunshine. It's also the time when you start seeking out new ways to cool yourself down, and nothing does that quite like a frosty beverage. (Well, that and the AC on high, but that's a different story)
Last year, I introduced the Ginger Lemon Cooler as a tasty beverage that would be an interesting addition to your summer beverage rotation. I wanted to find another such beverage - one that was refreshing and tasty, yet not your normal lemonade.
I was flipping through "In Nirmala's Kitchen," which is a wonderful cookbook for those who love foods from all over the world, when I discovered this recipe for Bahamian Ginger Beer. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so I thought I'd give it the old college try. I must admit it came out much better than I expected and the combination of ingredients make a very tasty beverage. If you're a ginger lover, then I highly recommend this.
1/2 lb fresh ginger, peeled
6 allspice berries
2 whole star anise
1/2 c fresh lime juice
1 c brown sugar
Grate ginger using a coarse grater. In a large saucepan, combine 8 cups cold water with ginger, allspice, and star anise. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and brown sugar, and allow to cool completely. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher and refrigerate until well chilled. To serve, pour over ice, using a combination of 2/3 ginger beer and 1/3 soda water.