One of my favorite cocktail mixers is the spicy ginger beer, used for the summer favorite "Moscow Mule", or evening sipper, the "Dark and Stormy." But I've had enough of the spendy, over-sweetened bottles from the supermarket, so I figured: it's time to make our own. Here are three ways to make an extremely tasty version happen at home.
how to make a ginger bug - The coolest thing to me about fermenting is that it is one of the oldest methods of food preservation, along with salting and drying. In a world that has increasingly become germ and bacteria phobic, I love the thought of humans discovering the fermentation process many hundreds of years ago, and love the revival it has been experiencing in recent times. One very traditional method of fermenting is to make ginger beer.
The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish.
For a simple Thanksgiving recipe, fix a Vanilla Hard Ginger Ale. Add 1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla to an ice-filled highball glass. Add 4 oz ginger ale and stir. For a twist on a mule, combine 1.5 oz of Crown Royal Vanilla, .75 oz lime juice and ice into a shaker - shake and strain. Top with ginger beer, 2 dashes of bitters and garnish with a lime. For an easy classic cocktail, try the Vanilla Hard Root Beer. Add 1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky to an ice-filled glass, top with root beer and…