We’ve adapted this from a recipe for ginger beer that was given to us by a friend and fellow beverage enthusiast. He made a sparkling drink by adding yeast and carbonating it in the bottle, but we find it’s a little easier and more versatile as a concentrated cordial.
This is ideal as a light spring drink, for Easter brunches or afternoons spent enjoying the emerging sunshine. Use it with sparkling or still water, and booze it up as you please. Gin is an especially suitable match.
2 cups water
1½ cup cane sugar (AKA raw organic sugar, turbinado sugar)
½ cup cracked dried ginger pieces, or ¼ cup grated fresh ginger
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
½ tsp peppermint leaves
1 Tbsp hibiscus flowers
1 Tbsp rose petals
2 tsp rose water
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