For the Dark and Stormy, generations of Bermudians have chosen Barritt's Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, a drink with 138 years of history on the island.
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I'm always on the lookout for diet sodas that make good mixers. It's a little silly given that I'm just going to dump something caloric into them, but if I take out half the calories, that means I can have twice as many drinks, right? (Or something.) Gosling's Diet Ginger Beer is my favorite diet soda discovery of late.
Even if I still liked the taste of traditional oversweetened soda pop, it wouldn't have any place in my diet, because I already drink enough calories. I have recently stumbled upon an excellent compromise, however: Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
When I'm not making homebrew and writing about it, my other life is training to become a pediatrician. One of the hazards of this career is exposure to tons of infectious viruses and bacteria. Good hand hygiene, diet, and exercise can ward off most infections, but last week one got through—and it was a nasty gastroenteritis. As I lay in bed contemplating my impending death I dreamed of an elixir that could ease the pain and wet my lips without causing a crisis. I dreamed of ginger beer.
One of my favorite neighborhood brunch joints here in Portland, Oregon is Toast. It's a cozy, boozy place—they give you the option of ordering your mimosa by the pint(!)—and they have a great breakfast cocktail menu. This drink is a slightly modified version of Toast's Apricot Fizz.
The Shandy traditionally mixes beer and lemonade or citrusy soda, but I think a spicy, nonalcoholic ginger beer is the perfect mixer. For my palate, I like a fruitier, maltier beer like a tart lambic with a zippy ginger brew. But since I was going all fruitcake on this, I thought I'd try a shandy with hard cider instead of beer.
The ginger base consists of two components, raw and cooked. For the former he combines fresh lime juice, lemon juice, ginger juice, and pineapple juice; for the latter, he simmers ginger pulp extracted from the juicing step, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom for half an hour and strains the mixture. Then he combines the two parts, dilutes the mixture with water to the proper concentration, and carbonates it by putting it into a soda siphon.