27 August 2013

Overnight Ginger Beer

The days are getting longer and the weather is very slowly warming up. That means it's time to start a ginger beer plant and make ginger beer ready to enjoy, icy cold from the fridge. Sometimes though you don't have the time to start a plant and feed it, make the ginger beer and wait for it to be ready. That's when this quick recipe comes in handy. Make it tonight before you go to bed and it will be icy cold and ready to drink with dinner tomorrow night!

Overnight Ginger Beer

5 cups boiling water, cooled slightly
3/4 cup sugar
50ml fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp dried yeast
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Combine the water, sugar, lemon juice, ginger and yeast in a large bowl. Cover loosely with a tea towel and leave it overnight.

The next morning use a slotted spoon to skim off the scum that has risen to the surface of the yeast mixture. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a 2 litre airtight plastic bottle (don't fill the bottle to the top). Tighten the lid. Place in the fridge to chill (the ginger beer must be kept well chilled).

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