Quick Ginger Beer
If you think this is anything like wimpy ginger ale, think again. With a healthy dose of ginger, Quick Ginger Beer packs quite a bite. For a less intense drink, cut back on the amount of syrup, or use a lemon-lime soft drink in place of the sparkling water.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 (4-inch) piece of ginger, roughly chopped
Sparkling water or club soda
1) Remove zest from lime and finely chop; squeeze juice from lime into a large saucepan. Add water, sugar and ginger and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes; remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain mixture and chill until ready to use.
2) Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of the syrup into a tall glass filled with ice; fill with sparkling water and stir to combine.