Like so many hobbyists, I have taken my hobby/passion from consumption to production. I did my research, I found many recipes and a wide range of time needed to create an amazing drink. I decided to select the simplest.
Simple is good. I picked the following approach – Simple Syrup, Ginger and Canadian Seltzer Water. I purchased the ingredients, and cheated a bit with one of them. Gourmet Garden has a prepared diced/ground Fresh Ginger, and the ginger has a consistency between liquid and paste. The ginger was peeled and prepared – how easy could it be.
To start, I measured one cup of water and one cup of sugar into a sauce pan (equal parts of a simple syrup which I found on AllRecipes). Into the sauce pan squeezed out all the Ginger in the tube. I turned the heat to medium, and prepared to wait for it to boil and dissolve the sugar. I also realized I need to dissolve the sugar, and whisked the sugar and ginger in the syrup regularly.
Looks interesting …. Don’t loose track of it like I did. It boiled over in 15 minutes, and created a small mess. I cleaned that up quickly.
I poured the mix into the a bowl to cool, and I waited until today to sample. I poured an ounce of the mix into a large glass, and poured in a seltzer water to top it off.
The Ginger Beer was delicious, yet slightly harsh, it needed to be cooked a bit more to limit the harshness of raw ginger . I was so close. I am excited to do experiment #2.