Friday, November 27, 2009

Ginger Ale #3

2 1/4 oz. young ginger
6 cardamom pods, broken
2 Tbsp juniper berries
1 tsp white pine bark
1/4 cup yarrow flowers
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp citric acid
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 gal water
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp yeast

We're on to something here. I took several bottles of this just finished batch to Thanksgiving dinner (fermented in a lighted oven to be sure it would be fizzy on time.) Perfectly floral, ever-so-slightly ginny, tangy and refreshing. It's definitely gingery, but without so much ginger heat. Juniper berries are at exactly the right amount--they would be lost with less, but startling with more. A bit more yarrow, being subtler, probably wouldn't hurt, but isn't needed. It isn't markedly lemony, but is satisfyingly citrusy. The cardamom seems lost--maybe a couple more pods to see next time. The pine, too, doesn't seem to be adding much, but perhaps that's as it should be.

The more gingery recipe certainly deserves to be called "Carribean." What we have here might be more of a "mainland" version.

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