Ginger Beer

Adapted from Audrey Saunders, New York City

  • 2 gallons bottled water
  • 2 1/2 pounds gingerroot
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 limes, cut in half
  • 1/3 to 1/2 box light brown sugar (2/3 cup to 1 cup)

In a large, nonreactive stockpot, bring the bottled water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, working in small batches, place the ginger into a food processor and add 1 cup hot water to make mincing easier. Process until minced; pour the mixture into the pot. Continue until all of the ginger has been minced and added to the pot.

When the water comes to a boil, turn the heat off. Take the limes and with a spoon scoop the insides into the pot; drop the peels into the pot as well. Add the brown sugar and stir well to dissolve. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.

Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or a double layer of dampened cheesecloth. Pour through a funnel into containers. Store for up to 1 month, but try to use when fresh, as the potency of the ginger fades with time.

Published on July 13, 2010