Ginger Drink Recipe

Looking for a tasty, refreshing drink to enjoy while cherishing the moment? The humble ginger root has all the vigor picked up during its journey.

We are blessed to live in an age when anything we desire isn’t further than a click or two. It may take a month to arrive but that’s nothing compared to what it took when the silk road was first opened.

We are, of course, not talking about the now defunct dark web marketplace with the dubious reputation but the Ancient Road that was used by merchants between China and Europe.

Did a single ginger root travel such a long way?

The road which actually wasn’t a single road that crossed through countries with shops and refill stations along it but a web of merchant routes between big merchant cities.

Between these cities merchants traveled with their goods and all that was necessary to ensure the safety of them. Unfortunately, heavy load trucks weren’t anywhere near to be invented nor anyone really cared about making smooth road surfaces.

In fact, many times roads lead through terrain that were impossible for laden carts to get through, so goods were simply carried by animals at hand like horses or camels. The lack of roads and proper transportation equipment meant that merchants only way to reduce the cost of transportation and at the same time increase profit was to increase the number of animals that can carry more goods.

It wasn’t rare to see caravans with hundreds or thousands of package laden animals. Of course, such big numbers inadvertently attracted unwanted attention from people who didn’t think of buying goods if they could take them too.

Was it safe for ginger to travel on the silk road?

Robbers, bandits, greedy lords and all sort of savages that roamed the land, saw an easy opportunity or ravaging caravans taking their goods, animals and people. Soon laws were issued that severely punished anybody who hindered the caravan’s ability to safely move forward, but few merchants left the safety of their goods in the hand of good faith only.

Besides of the merchants, their goods, animals and caretakers promptly joined soldiers as well. Thousands of animals with hundreds of people along them couldn’t just live off the road of course. They needed water, food and girls. Villages popped up along the roads and towns grew rich serving the needs of these caravans.

How much was a piece of ginger then?

As it was mentioned earlier, the Silk Road wasn’t really a long single road merchants rarely traveled it from Europe to the end of China but only traded on sections they knew well. They packed up in one city and carried it to the another one where they sold it for a profit. Then they packed up with stuff that came from somewhere else and carried it back where they came from selling that for a profit too.

Selling stuff over and over again meant that the end price of a product was many times over the original. None the less, people went nuts for silk that’s making was a closely guarded secret in China.

The craze went so far that Rome even tried to ban using silk as a clothing item but failed numerous times in its attempt.

Why wasn’t called it ginger or any other road then?

The name Silk Road actually was never used on any road sign nor by people who ever traveled on the rocky desolate paths between cities. It’s a term popped up in the late 19th century and popularized in the early 20th.

Although, silk was probably the most lucrative item technologies like paper, gunpowder or religions like Buddhism also found their way along the curvy roads along with many other stuff, including exotic herbs and spices like ginger.

Where does ginger really come from?

Ginger has a much longer history than just to travel on the Silk Road to reach Europe though. It’s one of the oldest recorded spices in human history, reaching back 5000 years.

Ginger first arrived to Europe on the Silk Road when Romans and Greeks started trading with India but its not a native Indian plant. All we know about it that ginger was first domesticated by the Austronesian people AKA the people of Moana.

When they sailed across the sea and bore ginger to mainland China, it was swiftly (in evolutionary terms) spread around the continent. From China it found its way to India and from there to our favorite shop’s shelves.

Ginger is a well-known natural remedy for a myriad of things that human can think of, but inconsistent scientific results cast doubt it’s real effectiveness.

Not like we use herbs and spices because of their miracle properties but because we like their flavor. Ginger can be used in many recipes ranging from soups through sauces and of course drinks.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Type 1 – Mint ginger

  • 3 oz / 80g Ginger root (peeled)
  • 10 – 25 Mint leaf
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 quarts / 2l Water

Type 2 – Pineapple ginger

  • 3 oz / 80g Ginger root (peeled)
  • 2 quarts / 2l Water
  • 10 oz / 300g Pinapple
  • 1 Lemon juice

 

How to make Ginger drink

Type 1 – Mint ginger

  1. Peel the ginger root, juice the lemon and crush the mint leaves with a pestle or something wide enough.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  2. Slice up the ginger root then place it with the mint into a food processor. Alternatively a fine shredder can also be used.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  3. Add a cup of water and process them until smooth.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  4. Put the ginger mint paste into big bowl onto a sieve. If we aren’t really fan of small bits swimming in our drink use fine strainer. To get perfectly clear results, use a cheese cloth.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  5. Boil water and pour it over the ginger paste. Let it sit until the water cools down to temperatures we can handle it safely.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  6. When the water is safe to the touch, move the sieve a little bit around in the water to rinse all possible flavors out then remove the sieve.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  7. Mix the lemon juice in and taste the ginger drink. If we’ve done everything correctly, we’ve got a strong ginger essence.
  8. Add sweetener if desired that will take away the edge of the ginger.
  9. Dilute it with water or keep it in the fridge like this and dilute only when serving if necessary.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Type 2 – Pineapple ginger

  1. Slice or shred the ginger root finely. Sliced ginger will let it’s flavor out slower while shredding it results a more characteristic drink.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  2. Put it into a big bowl into a sieve. Boil water, pour it over the ginger and let it soak for about an hour. We can also just make the whole thing in a pot on the cooktop, essentially cooking the ginger then let it cool down.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  3. Process the pineapple in a food processor and juice the lemon.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  4. When the water is cooled down mix it with the pineapple juice.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  5. Add sweetener if necessary but pineapple should be sweet enough, especially if somebody is off sugar.
  6. Dilute it with water now or before serving if necessary.Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

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Ginger Drink - Ginger Lemonade Recipe

Looking for a tasty, refreshing drink to enjoy while cherishing the moment? The humble ginger root has all the vigor picked up during its journey.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Paleo, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Type 1 - Mint ginger
  • 3 oz / 80g Ginger root peeled
  • 10 - 25 Mint leaf
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 quarts / 2l Water
Type 2 - Pineapple ginger
  • 3 oz / 80g Ginger root peeled
  • 2 quarts / 2l Water
  • 10 oz / 300g Pinapple
  • 1 Lemon juice

Instructions

Type 1 - Mint ginger

  • Peel the ginger root, juice the lemon and crush the mint leaves with a pestle or something wide enough.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Slice up the ginger root then place it with the mint into a food processor. Alternatively a fine shredder can also be used.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Add a cup of water and process them until smooth.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Put the ginger mint paste into big bowl onto a sieve. If we aren't really fan of small bits swimming in our drink use fine strainer. To get perfectly clear results, use a cheese cloth.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Boil water and pour it over the ginger paste. Let it sit until the water cools down to temperatures we can handle it safely.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • When the water is safe to the touch, move the sieve a little bit around in the water to rinse all possible flavors out then remove the sieve.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Mix the lemon juice in and taste the ginger drink. If we've done everything correctly, we've got a strong ginger essence.
  • Add sweetener if desired that will take away the edge of the ginger.
  • Dilute it with water or keep it in the fridge like this and dilute only when serving if necessary.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Enjoy!

Type 2 - Pineapple ginger

  • Slice or shred the ginger root finely. Sliced ginger will let it's flavor out slower while shredding it results a more characteristic drink.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Put it into a big bowl into a sieve. Boil water, pour it over the ginger and let it soak for about an hour. We can also just make the whole thing in a pot on the cooktop, essentially cooking the ginger then let it cool down.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Process the pineapple in a food processor and juice the lemon.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • When the water is cooled down mix it with the pineapple juice.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom
  • Add sweetener if necessary but pineapple should be sweet enough, especially if somebody is off sugar.
  • Dilute it with water now or before serving if necessary.
    Ginger-drink-Ginger-Lemonade-SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

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