Cool, Healthy and Refreshing 🙂
This drink does not last long around here!
2 cups of Cranberries
1 inch of Ginger
1/2 cup honey or sugar
4 quarts water
1/4 tsp. bread yeast
Fill large pot with the water and 2 cups of cranberries. Grate the zest of the two lemons into the pot, and in a reserved bowl, juice the lemons. Bring the pot of water, cranberries and zest to a simmer. Grate into the pot 1 inch pc. of ginger. Add honey or sugar. Simmer for 30 mins. (This gives you 30 mins. to check out our other favorite recipes 😉 ).
Take off simmer. Stir and squish the berries to be sure to get as much juice and flavor out. Skim out all the zest, ginger, and berry skins. (note: I save this to flavor some home-made chicken soup 🙂 very yummy).
Next, return to simmering and add the reserved lemon juice. Sprinkle the yeast in the pot and allow to bubble. Stir in. ( I’m told this will create the bubbles like in sodas but it’s never happened for me?? However, I do like the hint of flavor it does add to the drink).
Finally, using a funnel, bottle the liquid. (I use quart canning jars for this, but any heavy glass with screw tops will work). Place jars in a warm place and allow to ferment. Bubbles will begin as yeast works. Check after 24 to 48 hrs. The longer it sits; the stronger ginger flavor you will get. When it’s ready, refrigerate to slow down the process.
note: the image is a tad bright…the drink is a little darker.