One-Week Ginger Beer

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Makes 10 to 12 servings.
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Have you ever had real ginger beer? This is a spicy, refreshing beverage made with just four ingredients (and one of them is water!). If you find it too strong or like some pizzazz in your drink, combine it with seltzer water in a ratio that works for you.

Please note: Despite the name, this is completely nonalcoholic and works well to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

3 quarts of water
1 pound fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from heat. Add ginger and steep overnight.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing ginger to release flavor. Pour into a pitcher or bottle using a funnel. 
  3. Add lime juice and 1 cup sugar; stir or shake vigorously. 
  4. Cover and store at room temperature; let the mixture steep (and dregs settle) for 24 hours. 
  5. Decant to a second bottle with a tight-fitting screw top and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.
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