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Ginger Soft Drink

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Category: African, Beverages, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 6 c -Boiling water
  • 1 c Ginger root;fresh, peeled &
  • -grated
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 2 ts Cloves, whole
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 c Lime juice; fresh or lemon
  • -juice
  • 1 c Orange orange
  • 8 c -Cool water


"Many variations of homemade ginger beers (soft drinks) are brewed all over
subSaharan Africa. Fresh ginger makes a spicy drink, cooling in summer,
warming in winter and always refreshing and energizing. Fruit juices other
than the citrus called for below, make interesting variations in its
flavour. When using other juices, I always add the juice of a couple of
lemons or limes. This recipe makes a concentrate that can be diluted with
plain or sparkling water."

Pour the boiling water over the grated ginger root, sugar, cloves and
cinnamon in a large nonreactive pot or bowl (enamel, glass or stainless
steel). Cover and set aside in a warm place, in the sun if possible , for
at least an hour. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or cloth. Add the
juices and water. Set aside in a warm place for another hour or so. Gently
strain the liquid again, taking care not to disturb the sediment at the
bottom. Store in the refrigerator in a large nonreactive container. A glass
gallon jar or jug works well. Serve warm, chilled or on ice, either as is
or diluted with water or sparkling water. A squeeze of fresh lime juice in
each glass of ginger drink is "the cat's meow".

MAKES: 3 QUARTS OF CONCENTRATE SOURCE:_Sundays at Moosewood_ by the
Moosewood Collective

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