First off, I have to apologize. Summer in Seattle has gotten the best of me. I’ve been spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine and less time posting as of late! Can you relate? Whether you’re a sun worshipper like me or have been spending time inside to cool off—one thing is for certain—summer is all about beating the heat with cool drinks. This post is my first post in my new Summer Drink Series! Over the next month or so I’ll post super yummy and refreshing summer sips to help you cool off this season.
The best summery drinks pack lots of flavor, hydrate and refresh at the same time. While you may not think of fiery ginger as a summertime accoutrement, I assure you it is! Ginger beer could easily be one of my all-time favorite summertime drinks. In fact, ginger beer has long been a tradition of the Caribbean islands, as evidenced by the national drink of Bermuda—the Dark n’ Stormy—which is a perfect tipple for sultry summer days. And don’t forget Moscow Mules! I’ve also heard that ginger beer works wonders as a mixer for margaritas and even shandys!
Known for relieving motion sickness and settling the stomach, ginger finds itself in the spotlight in this spicy, yet cooling drink. Ginger beer is traditionally brewed with a live culture (such as yeast), which is responsible for fermentation and all that wonderful carbonation! I didn’t use that method in this recipe (mostly as a time saver). This recipe is more of a ginger concentrate than the beer itself—which was done purposefully so that you can add as much fizz to your concoction of choice (non-alcoholic as a plain ginger beer or alcoholic as a cocktail). Either way it’s refreshing and sure to please!
This ginger beer recipe is so simple—you’ll love it! It’s just ginger, lemon, agave and water! Add a splash (or more) of your carbonated beverage of choice and you’re all set! I was surprised at how amazingly delicious this turned out. I should also warn, this recipe is a bit spicy! Which I absolutely love—but if you don’t like quite as much spice as I do, feel free to dial it down with less ginger. You’ll still end up with a wonderfully refreshing drink. I definitely plan to make this recipe again, and perhaps next time with lime juice instead of lemon for a slight twist. I also served my ginger beer with a sprig of homegrown mint and candied ginger slices. However you choose to serve yours, I hope you enjoy!
Fiery and refreshing, this ginger beer is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.
1/4 cup freshly juiced ginger
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
2/3 cup light agave nectar
2 1/2 cups water
carbonated beverage of choice (club soda, dry soda, etc.)
Combine all ingredients (except for carbonated beverage) in a 32 ounce bottle (or two 16 ounce bottles). Mix well.
Chill in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Shake well before serving.
Pour into glasses and top with your choice of carbonated beverage as desired.
Garnish with fresh mint and candied ginger slices.
I used a juicer to make juice the lemons and ginger. If you do not own a juicer, peel ginger (roughly 3 ounces) and place in a food processor or blender. Add 1/4 cup of water and whirl away until there are only a few small pieces of ginger left. You may wish to strain the ginger juice/pulp through a mesh sieve to remove excess pulp.