Non-alcoholic ginger beverages (sometimes referred to as ginger beer) are popular throughout Africa. This recipe is from a Ghanaian cook and includes a copious amount of ginger root plus lime, peppercorns, and not too much sugar. There's a definite bite from the ginger and pepper and, served over ice, the drink is incredibly refreshing and energizing. (It can also be served hot and is supposedly a good flu remedy.)
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This version is diluted with regular cold water, which is delicious, but we might give sparkling water a try next time.
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