Did you catch my rosewater ginger beer recipe recently? You must try it! It’s really good.
Anyway, while I was making it I got to thinking about how I could make a slightly ‘healthier’ version, seeing as sugar is apparently not so cool these days. So I thought I would try using a mix of rice malt syrup (which is fructose-free and better for you, read more about it here) and regular sugar.
But why turmeric you say? Well because of all the wonderful health benefits of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory which is thought to help prevent cancer and ward off heart attacks amongst other great things. It also adds a wonderful orange colour to this drink.
This ginger beer definitely is not as sweet as the rosewater version but it is still super refreshing.
Orange and turmeric ginger beer
1/4 cup firmly packed finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh turmeric
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
1/4 cup caster sugar
4 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
You will also need a clean plastic 1.25 litre bottle. I just cleaned out a used soda water bottle.
Place the ginger, orange rind, turmeric, rice malt syrup, sugar and 1 cup of the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Set aside until cold, at least 1 hour. Strain your syrup into a jug, pressing on the ginger, orange and turmeric to release all of the liquid. Using a funnel, pour the syrup into the clean bottle. Add the yeast, lemon juice, orange juice and remaining water. Seal and shake to combine. Set aside at room temperature for 3-5 days, until fizzy. This will vary greatly depending on the temperature over this time and the age of the yeast etc. The best way to check is to just open the top every day and see if there is enough fizz. Once fizzy, store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Don’t leave it at room temperature once it has become fizzy as it may explode if too much carbonation builds up.
Makes 1.25 litres
oOo Turmeric can stain so use utensils that you aren’t too precious about when grating and cooking it.
P.S You might be excused for thinking I am turning into a health nut at the moment what with the raw cake, wheat-free cookies and now low-sugar fizzy drink! but I’m sure it’s just a phase….