The Swedes make a soft “beer” that’s flavored only with lemons; the addition of pungent fresh gingerroot makes a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage. We’ve seen recipes that also add a sprig or two of rosemary. MAKES ABOUT 1 GALLON OF GINGER BEER
• 1 ounce fresh gingerroot, chopped coarsely
• 1 lemon, thinly sliced
• 1 gallon water
• 2 cups sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon yeast
1. Place gingerroot and lemon slices in a large kettle and bruise them with a potato masher.
2. Add water, bring to a boil, and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, add sugar, and stir until dissolved.
3. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in yeast, and let stand for about an hour. Bottle as described for root beer and store in a cool place.
Kathryn Kingsbury is a freelance writer who enjoys turning her kitchen into a culinary chemistry lab.
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