Ginger Beer Drink

Ginger beer was first introduced as an alcoholic drink, today however, it is sold as a soft drink. This drink is sweetened with sugar/artificial sweeteners and is primarily flavoured with ginger.


Ginger Beer is somewhat similar to ginger ale except that the beer has a stronger ginger taste close to almost being spicy. The ginger beer plant isn't a typical green leafy plant. It is the combination of the fungus Saccharomyces Florentinus and the bacteria Lactobacillus Hilgardii.


Ginger beer originally consisted of sugar, water and ginger to which the ginger beer plant is added. The mixture turns to ginger beer after a few days of fermentation. In Barbados persons mix ginger beer with beer to make a shandy. A shandy is a drink made of beer and lemonade. Also ginger beer is the main ingredient for the cocktail Moscow Mule.


Ginger beer was one of those drinks that growing up in Barbados of old, you had to drink it and like it. It can be consumed chilled over ice or diluted with cold water. Apart from making drinks, ginger can be used in cooking as it adds flavour. It is also used as a supplement which can be taken daily.


Some Health Benefits of Ginger

The people of Barbados value the ginger root as it has a variety of health benefits associated with it. Such benefits include an aid in nausea, digestive problems, circulation and arthritis. During pregnancy or travelling, people tend to become nauseous and the ginger root can aide in this area. Ginger is also known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach. Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can also be improved.


Ginger oil can help relieve painful arthritis. In herbal decongestants ginger is often included and can help to minimise the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies. 
With such a wide range of ginger products available and with the ever increasing benefits of ginger being discovered, ginger or a product of ginger is something that every household across Barbados should have.




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