Jamaican Ginger Beer

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By now it should be apparent that I’m something of a ginger phene.  I mean in the past two weeks alone I’ve posted recipes for Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice, Tangy Red Cabbage with Ginger, and Rhubarb Ginger Crumble.  I can assure you I won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Although I made a Boozy Ginger Beer when I was in Ghana, I’ve been wanting to try a non-alcoholic version.  This is pretty darn close to perfect- just enough brown sugar sweetness, some fruity tartness from the lime, and a whole lot of ginger kick.

If you’re a Frugal Fannie like myself, feel free to re-use the ginger.  There’s still be a lot of ginger flavor left for your favorite tea or syrup.

Jamaican Ginger Beer

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

* 5 cups water
* 1 cup minced ginger
* 1/3 cup lime juice
* 1/2 to 2/3 cup brown sugar
* 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

Directions:

In a large saucepan bring the water and ginger to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add lime, cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Taste and add a little extra sugar, if desired.

Let stand for three hours. Strain and refrigerate. Serve over ice with a slice of lime.

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