Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Ginger Bleg

I was considering making some ginger liqueur from this recipe:
  • 200gms hot [crystallized] ginger (the sugar coated kind, I used Buderim ginger)
  • 2 cups of raw sugar
  • 1cup of water
  • 1 liter vodka

Chop the ginger up quite finely, and simmer in the water and sugar until the ginger is tender and sugar has turned to syrup. Allow to cool, then blend the whole lot up and add to a 1 litre bottle. Top up with vodka. Let sit for a month at least. When ready, strain through paper towels. Keep the alcoholic ginger for later use in cooking, or maybe in the next batch of liqueur.

What you now have will knock your socks off, so sip gently, and no smoking in the immediate vacinity. Tastes a little like Green Ginger Wine, but more potent. Serve on ice, or with lemonade.

I know where to get the vodka (imagine that!), the sugar, and the water; but I don't know where to get the crystallized ginger. I saw some at Central Market, but it was in one of those little spice bottles and was pretty expensive. If that's what it costs, then that's what it costs; but I suspect that there's a better source. So, ginger fans, where should I go for crystallized ginger?


letitia said...

I have slightly less than 8 oz I can donate to the cause.

Soletrain said...

Why, thank you, Letitia, but I would hate to leave you high and dry. 200 grams is slightly more than 7 ounces, so I would nearly clean you out.

letitia said...

You're welcome to it, I can take it to the post office and weigh the bag and see how big of a dent I've made in it to make sure it is enough. I'll let you know.