Gooseberry ginger beer

Gooseberry ginger beer
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, simmering time 15 min

In early summer gooseberries are fat, irresistible emeralds – use them in this delightful al fresco gooseberry ginger beer cocktail recipe.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
263kcals
Fat
0.2g (0.1g saturated)
Protein
1g
Carbohydrates
42.5g (42.3g sugars)
Fibre
2g
Calories
263kcals
Fat
0.2g (0.1g saturated)
Protein
1g
Carbohydrates
42.5g (42.3g sugars)
Fibre
2g

Ingredients

  • 250g gooseberries (use frozen berries if you can’t get fresh)
  • 1 thumb-size piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 4 tbsp ginger cordial (we used Belvoir)
  • 100ml gin
  • 660ml cold pale ale

Method

  1. Put the gooseberries, ginger, sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Gently simmer for 15 minutes or until syrupy, then strain. When cool, bottle and store in the fridge (see tip).
  2. For each cocktail, pour 50ml gooseberry syrup in a glass, then add 1 tbsp ginger cordial and 25ml gin. Top up with pale ale, then serve.

delicious. tips

  1. To sterilise jars and bottles, wash in warm soapy water, rinse, then dry in a low oven. Or wash in a hot dishwasher cycle.

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  1. I love this recipe because it’s tempting to try some of those hairy little googegogs with their scented summer flavour but instead of the pale ale I’m going to use some bubbly

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