It is a type of non-alcoholic carbonated beverage that is made by fermenting ginger, sugar, and water. It is often flavored with other ingredients such as lemon or lime juice and can have a spicy, sweet, and tangy taste. It is often used as a mixer for cocktails, particularly the Moscow Mule and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. It is usually considered a non-alcoholic drink, with an alcohol content of less than 0.5%. Some ginger beer can be made with alcohol and it is called ginger beer ale.
Ginger beer has a long history, dating back to the 18th century when it was first made in England. Originally, it was made using a symbiotic culture of yeast and lactic acid bacteria, similar to the process used to make kombucha. This type was called “natural ginger beer” and was fermented for several days to create a slightly alcoholic and effervescent drink.
Nowadays, most are made using a mixture of ginger, sugar, and water that is then carbonated using yeast and a small amount of baking soda. This process takes a shorter amount of time than traditional fermentation and results in a ginger beer with a lower alcohol content. It is widely available in various forms, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and it is considered as a soft drink.
It is also believed to have health benefits due to the presence of ginger, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is also a home remedy for upset stomachs, nausea, and headaches.