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A Ginger Grows in Brooklyn--Handcrafted Ginger Beer Is Here

Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer adds a little somethin’ something to cocktails. 
- Lincoln C. Chinnery III
                                               Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer-  Brooklyn has found another food item to artistinalize and this time it’s Ginger. Ginger beer’s basic ingredients are prepared ginger spice, yeast, and sugar perfectly combined through the process of fermentation.

Ginger beer is a versatile beverage that works in an assortment of cocktails. The makers of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer worked with that idea and took things a few steps further. Instead of pumping out an average Ginger Product they researched and developed a few flavorful twists. Starting with Traditional they moved on to Mango, Lemon Lime and Early Grey in 7 oz. glass bottles.

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Additionally, they have a Sugar Free expression that is Extra Spicy and a non-spicy Sugar Free flavor. With all of their expressions you will notice something you don’t get with other Ginger beers – real bits of real Ginger. It’s a refreshing twist to the process and bottling of the product - allowing it to stand out from the sea of Ginger beers out there

When most people think Ginger Beer the first cocktail that comes to mind is The Moscow Mule. The Mule is an excellent, refreshing drink that anyone can make.

Moscow Mule

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Ingredients: 
4 oz. of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer – Lemon Lime flavor
1 1/2 oz. of Vodka – I suggest a premium Vodka. (Tito’s ALB or Grey Goose) 
Preparation: Combine Vodka and Ginger Beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently and garnish with a lime slice. 
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice. 
Drinkware: Copper mug or highball glass. 
Standard garnish: Lime slice. 
Using the Lemon Lime Ginger Beer eliminates the use of Lime juice while maintaining the citrus element needed for the cocktail.

If Vodka is not your favorite Spirit, there are other options.

Dark 'n' Stormy (or The Safe Harbor)

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Ingredients: 
3 oz. of Ginger Beer (Traditional or Earl Grey) 
Couple dashes of bitters (Fee Brothers or Scrappy Bitters) 
2 oz. Dark Rum (Cockspur 12-year, Mount Gay Black Barrel or Goslings) 
In a highball glass filled with ice, add Dark Rum and top with Ginger beer. 
Garnish with Preparation: lime wedge. 
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice. 
Standard garnish: Lime wedge. 
Drinkware: Highball glass.

The Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a classy cocktail that never fails to impress guests and satisfy thirsts.

Lastly, if Rum or Vodka doesn’t give you a thrill there is always beer. The Shandy is a beer-based cocktail that never fails to delight and refresh. There are a few variations – Some bartenders use lemonade, Ginger Ale or Apple Juice. For this version we can keep things simple.

Shandy

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Ingredients: 
1 bottle Ginger beer (Lemon Lime or Mango) 
1 bottle Wheat beer (Upland Brewing Co. Wheat Ale or 21st Amendment Hell) 
2 Lime wedges 
2 Pint glasses, chilled 
Preparation: Combine equal parts Ginger beer and Wheat beer in each glass. Garnish each with a lime wedge.

Finding other uses for Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer is always a few clicks away. Beyond cocktails, any of their flavors will spice up a grilled Chicken or Pork dish. And yes, you can just buy a 6 pack and enjoy it on a hot summer day. You can find them on Amazon, TalDepot, or Jet.com – a 12 pack will run you $35.00 and most Key Foods locations with a retail price of $1.49 per bottle. Visit their site and use their location finder to see who carries Brooklyn Crafted near you—You can enjoy the beverage in the States and Canada.

As someone who enjoys drinking cocktails and making them for friends, it’s nice to find a Ginger Beer that isn’t too spicy but still has a good kick to it. I used the four flavors in the different drinks that I listed. Each one was delicious taste adventure. If you love to kick things up a notch I suggest purchasing the Extra Spicy versions of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer.

Lincoln C. Chinnery III is a freelance Cocktail Journalist, Bar Reviewer, Whiskey Enthusiast, Gin Lover, Bourbon Drinker, and Eater for fine dinners. Lincoln welcomes

questions and comments via email at [email protected]



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