July 17, 2016
Homemade Ginger Beer
Ginger, turmeric and cardamom belong to the Zingiberaceae botanical family. Ginger is grown mainly in tropical countries with Jamaica ginger being considered the best culinary varietal type. Not only is ginger an aromatic and culinary delight, it’s also well regarded as a medicinal spice for thousands of years in India, southeast Asia, and China. Ginger Beer began as an alcoholic beverage with origins traced to Great Britain in the 1700s. For those that wanted a taste of “home,” the refreshing drinks were brought to places like the Caribbean and Africa where British soldiers were deployed. As its name suggests, ginger is the main ingredient in ginger beer. Today, while it can be enjoyed anytime (store bought or homemade), homemade ginger beer is most popular in the Caribbean around Christmas time and it usually pairs well with a slice or two of fruit cake. Although its name may imply the presence of alcohol, there is really no alcohol involved in Ginger Beer making.