Ginger Beer with Briana Berg

I’m not a big soda drinker, but whenever I’m not feeling well I reach for a ginger ale. I can’t fly without having a glass of it, and I love chewing on ginger candy. And ginger tea is my go-to tea flavor. Needless to say, I love the taste of ginger and simply can’t get enough!

Ginger root has been used since 500 BC to treat digestion issues in several cultures. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, can help lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and help remedy the symptoms of the common cold. I add it to everything I can, from a fresh juice to chicken broth.

So it wouldn’t be surprising when I tell you that two of my favorite cocktails use brewed ginger beer. Ginger beer originated in the 18th century and uses ginger, sugar, water, and ginger beer plant (a starter culture) to produce an all-natural, alcohol free, fizzy drink. It’s spicy and delicious!

Crabbie’s is one of the only versions of the drink that has alcohol in it. Poured into an icy glass with a lime wedge, it’s a refreshing summer drink.

Below are my two favorite ginger beer cocktails: a Moscow Mule and a Dark and Stormy. Both are perfect for the summer months and will spice up any happy hour.

Do you like the taste of ginger as much as I do? How do you incorporate it into your favorite drinks? Let us know in the comments section below.

Moscow Mule

Traditionally served in a copper mug, this Russian vodka drink is perfect for a hot summer day.

Fill a glass with ice and add 2 ounces of good quality vodka. Then add 4-6 ounces of ginger beer, like Gosling’s, and ½ ounce of lime juice. Garnish with lime and cucumber.

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Dark and Stormy

I’m not a big rum drinker, but I love a Dark and Stormy. Dark rum, like Gosling’s, is the key to making this island-style drink.

Add ice to a glass and pour in 2 ounces of dark rum and mix with 3 ounces of ginger beer with fresh squeezed lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Wishing everyone a very Happy 4th! Until tomorrow...