Ginger Beer: The Family Friendly Drink

Ginger beers have always been popular as they are a family-friendly, non-alcoholic drink that tastes great. It is not only delicious, but is also beneficial for gut health. Let’s find out more about ginger beer.  

History Of Ginger Beer

Ginger beer was first brewed in Yorkshire, England in and around the 1700s. It was initially an alcoholic beverage with ginger, water, and sugar. It slowly then started being prepared in other countries and nations. People started adding more ingredients like lemon and cream to it. 

Appearance Of Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is darker than ginger ale. It can either be cloudy or clear depending on the process of filtration. It has got a light brown color to it. 

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Flavor Of Ginger Beer

Ginger beer usually has a citrusy and spicy taste. The taste of ginger beer varies depending on the country that produces it. It also has a slightly sweet and tangy taste to it.

Culinary Benefits

Obviously, the main thing that you can prepare using ginger beer is mocktails and cocktails. There are a variety of drinks that you can prepare depending on your taste. 

An easy cocktail recipe you can start with is a ginger apple cooler. You will need some maple syrup, lemon juice, ginger beer, and candied ginger. Gently stir all of this together and add ice and enjoy your drink! Looking for some more recipes? Take a look at some of the summer’s special cocktail recipes here.

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You can also prepare a blackberry smash with maple syrup, ginger beer, lemon juice, and blackberries. If you are looking for something low in calories, prepare a non-alcoholic or alcoholic strawberry Moscow mule with some ginger beer, vodka, simple syrup, ginger beer, and strawberries.

Another fun drink you can prepare is some pineapple ginger beer mocktail with pineapple juice, cinnamon, maple syrup, and lime. It tastes great on a summer afternoon! And if you are looking out for some winter cocktails, take a look at the recipes here

You can replace pineapples with some cool cranberry juice and mix it with ginger beer. It gives it a nice rosy color and also tastes great. 

When it comes to dishes, you can prepare some sausage rice where you can season your rice with onion powder, oregano, and ginger beer. It is a quick and easy recipe that you can prepare in no time.

You can also try your hands on the simple yet scrumptious chicken lettuce wraps recipe, which uses ginger beer in the braising liquid to add sweet and spicy flavor to the chicken. 

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