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In Hong Kong, we met some Aussies at a bar who introduced us to this Bermudian drink that is a mix of dark rum and ginger beer (not ale). I was actually surprised that we never ran into it before. Popular in New England, where Bermudian sailors traveled to, it also became popular in Australia about 30 years ago, apparently starting when Bermuda and Australia got together to play rugby. Not a cloud in the sky here in California, but no better time for this drink. P.S. Making your own ginger beer is super easy!
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Time: About 25 minutes active; 24 hours+ total
1/4 pound organic ginger (organic is important here because with conventional the natural bacteria are eradicated)
2 lemons, juiced
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
Dash of salt
5 limes, cut into 1/4 wedges
20 ounces Gosling's Dark Rum (this cannot be substituted—don't use Jamaican)
Special equipment: Cheesecloth, Clean 2L soda bottle, Strainer/Colander
1. Grate ginger (no need to peel) into a cheesecloth-lined bowl (this took me about 20 minutes and was a good arm work-out!). Gather cheesecloth and squeeze ginger juice into bowl. Strain to remove ginger bits.
2. Place a funnel in the mouth of the 2L bottle. Pour in ginger juice, lemon juice, sugar, yeast, salt and enough lukewarm water to fill, but leave about 2" clearance. Screw cap on tightly and shake to dissolve sugar. Place in a warm, dark place about 24 hours, until bottle is hard.
3. To make one drink, fill highball with ice, squeeze 1/4 lime into it, add 2 ounces dark rum, 6 ounces ginger beer and mix well. Garnish with another 1/4 lime wedge.
Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food AND is a vegetarian! These things are not mutually exclusive in her world. She is passionate about eating, drinking, cooking, teaching, reading about food and growing food. Her goal with her food blog, Vegetarianized.com, is to open up the world of vegetarian cooking and eating to the veg-friendly and the veg-curious in an accessible way. She promises never to try to convert or make you feel guilty—just that eating less meat can be part of a healthy, fun and, above all, tasty lifestyle.