Ginger-Turmeric Tonic for Joy and Health



I learned how to make my ginger brew from a Jamaican who worked on my solar install crew when I worked in the Cayman Islands, although I don’t follow his traditional bury it in the backyard brewing method. I grew up living off the grid and didn’t acquire a taste for carbonated beverages. When I buy commercially made and available ginger beer (more of a soda), I tend to open it to let the bubbles dissipate before I drink it.

My ginger-turmeric-honey brew is more of a tonic and less of a beer or carbonated beverage, to be regularly sipped or added to water for joy and health. I have over time added my own local twist of using, instead of sugar, beautiful local honey for a healthy, completely local, honey-ginger-turmeric golden brew that regular drinking of it alleviates my chronic pain and is joyful to drink. 

Again I don’t follow the old timey traditional Jamacian aging process that was told to me, which is to get drunk, dig a hole in the backyard, bury an earthen jug with a flat stone to cover the top (but not seal). He said the longer it is brewed, the better and that the idea of burying while drunk is that you might forget where you buried it for longer for a better-aged drink.

While it is percolating don’t seal the jar or container as it is a live culture. Keep it in a fridge or a very cool location. If you seal the container and it gets warmed up it will expand too quickly and the container can explode. Don’t ask me how I know this.

I don’t have a recipe as much as guidelines:

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