Zingiber officinale is an Indian herb that was (thankfully!) introduced to the Americas by English colonists, where it was adopted into our materia medica, as well as our kitchens and hearts. Ginger is simply delicious! ?
Ginger’s medicinal magic lies in her warming and stimulating powers. The peppery rhizome increases digestion, circulation and respiration. It’s potent muscle relaxing, antispasmodic properties make it the go-to herb for dealing with stomach upset such as motion or morning sickness.
There are a number of ginger liqueurs on the market today, ranging from the very bold to light, sweet and spicy. Keep reading to learn how to make a homemade version using brandy and a handful of simple ingredients. ??
- 2 oz fresh ginger
- 1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
- 1/3 c water
- 1/4 c sugar/honey
- 1 c brandy
- peel of 1/2 small orange (pith removed)
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- Peel and dice the ginger
- In a small saucepan combine ginger, water, honey/sugar and dried chamomile flowers
- Bring to a simmer just until sweetener dissolves; remove from heat and cool to room temperature
- Pour sugar mixture into jar without straining; add brandy and orange peel
- Set in a cool dark place for 1 week, shaking every day
- Strain thoroughly; store at room temp up to 6 months
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