Had a fun weekend?For me the highlight was a lovely nostalgic movie, Manjadikuru. Kudos to Anjali menon for taking us for a ride through the colourful childhood. I am sure many Keralites can absolutely relate to this, the summer vacations in the late 80’s and 90’s, appuppan and ammuma waiting eagerly for you in front of the big ancestral house ,the pond, mango trees,lots and lots of ppl, fun fun and more fun. I personally enjoyed every second of the movie. It was like I was reliving my childhood. Only difference was that there was no pond in our Tharavadu instead our ancestral house was on the shore of the serene Bharathapuzha and the population is slightly higherJ. Yeah I have a total of 24 cousins!
Let me fast forward few years and come to present and share today’s recipe. Homemade Ginger beer. You are not going to buy that crappy ginger beer from store anymore once you get a taste of the home made one! I bet you on thatJ. And its soo simple, just three ingredients and there you have a refreshing summer drink
Home-made Ginger Syrup for Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
1 Cup ginger
1 Cup Raw Sugar
21/2 Cup water
Clean the ginger well, peel it and in a food processor chop it until it is very fine.
Add the finely chopped ginger, sugar ,juice of one lemon , 3 one inch slices of lemon peels and water to a pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Once it is cooled down, you can sieve using a cheese cloth.
Bring the liquid back to stove and simmer for another 20-30 minutes until it has reduced to half and become a thick syrup.There you have the home-made ginger syrup.
Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
1 Can soda
1-2 tbspn Syrup as per taste
1 wedge of lime or lemon
Pour the syrup, some ice cubes, lime wedge to a big glass. Top with soda and there you have the cooling, refreshing drink.