*Note to Parents: some of these ingredients may require Adult Supervision if your child is helping.
Familiar to any Harry Potter fan, the images of the characters drinking warm butter beer in the autumn inspired this recipe.
I think this is a great drink for the Autumn Equinox or Samhuinn!
Rootbeer or Cream Soda
Cream (if using rootbeer)
Make sure root beer is room temp, melt butter. a knob or two per serving of rootbeer, and mix well into rootbeer. Now you can try microwave it for up to 20-30 seconds..don't warm it too much or you will lose the carbonation. add cream and stir gently.
Hot Spiced Punch
1 large can of unsweetened pineapple juice
1 quart of cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup brown sugar
3 - 2" sticks of cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of whole cloves
Put the cloves in a cloth bag. Boil in 2 cups of water. Let cool. Pour clove water and juices into large container. Mix well. Pour into large kettle and bring to a boil. Serve hot in cups or mugs.
from Western Africa
Home-made non-alcoholic ginger drinks are common throughout Africa, often sold in shops run by West Africans. This ginger drink should be much stronger than any ginger ale soda. It can be enjoyed chilled over ice, or diluted with cold water.
What you need
three or four large fresh ginger roots (not ground ginger)
juice of two limes (or similar amount of lemon, pineapple, or grapefruit juice)
one cup sugar
a few whole cloves or a cinnamon stick (optional)
What you do
Carefully remove and discard the ginger root's outer layer. Pound the ginger root to a pulp and place in a large ovenproof glass or stainless steel container.
Pour six cups of boiling water over the ginger, cover with a lid or a clean cloth. Put the mixture in a warm place. A sunny spot on a tabletop in front of a window is a good place on a hot day; an oven that has been slightly heated then turned off is a good place on a cold day. Wait one hour.
Strain the mixture through a cloth into a large jar or pitcher (or maybe two jars or pitchers). Squeeze the ginger root to extract all the liquid from it. Mix in the citrus juice, sugar, and spices. Fill the jar with lukewarm water to make a gallon. Return the mixture to a warm spot and wait another hour. Strain the ginger beer once more and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.