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Old 05-11-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Ginger Beer (Jamaican)

I can't find Barritt's locally, but I have found it while traveling, so I do have a stash of it right now. What I can find locally is Jamaican Ginger Beer, but it is very, very strong. It will sometimes burn my lips when I drink it. I have wanted to use it in a dark and stormy, but it really is overpowering with the burn from the ginger. Well I have found a way to tone it down. I now add about 1/3 oz of simple syrup and it really seems to have calmed the burn and allows the ginger beer to blend instead of being the primary flavor.
Today in the Florida heat I made up a nice Ginger Beer cooler.
1.5 oz Cockspur 12
1/2 oz Fresh Lime juice
8 oz Ginger Beer
1/3 oz simple syrup
I make this drink in a pint glass
I start with the lime and syrup, then add rum, and stir.
I add enough crushed ice to fill half the glass, and then pour in the ginger beer. Very refreshing drink on a hot day.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:38 AM   #2
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That would be "Old Jamaican" brand ginger beer. It comes in 10.9oz bottles? Yeah, that's some fairly potent stuff. Though I will suggest you try the "West Indies" brand. That has a hearty wallop.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:42 AM   #3
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Thats the brand. Unfortunately it is the only one I can find locally. I do fill my suitcase when I find Barritts on travel.
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Bah! Foolishness! Why fill your suitcase with ginger beer when you could fill it with something more interesting? Try your local liquor store, or even your chain liquor store. The best place I have to find it is in the liquor store. Both in my local Binny's back at home in Chicago, and at Downtown Wine and Spirits here in Somerville. It can be hit or miss, but usually they have it every month or so.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:48 AM   #5
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True, but I usually have a few bottles of rum in there too. I try to pick up at least one bottle of something new each trip.
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I find Regatta Ginger Beer to be very similar to Barritts. We actually enjoyed the flavor of it over Barritts, however once we added Gosling's, the spiciness overpowered the rum a little bit, and Barritts became the better choice.
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I have not tried the Jamaican yet, but I can aquire Barritts here. I have been experimenting with a number of Ales and Beers, and you can check mine and others comments on a rum n ginger thread in the forums. So far, Goslings and Zaya seem to be the best for me with Barritts. A small slice of lemon and lime can be a nice touch also.
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Hank,
where do you find Barritts in Orlando? I am in Melbourne about once a month, and I will try to pick some up the next time I head through Orlando on the way there.
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That is why I used the word acqiure, Tiki. 310 Park South is a local restaurant that orders a case for me. If you let me know when you are in town, I can give you some. I have almost a case now, I could give it to you and order more, or just get you a case If I know in advance. PM me if you are coming.
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I find Regatta Ginger Beer to be very similar to Barritts. We actually enjoyed the flavor of it over Barritts, however once we added Gosling's, the spiciness overpowered the rum a little bit, and Barritts became the better choice.
I just left New York where I was lucky enough to meet the importer of Regatta Ginger Beer. I had tasted it some time back and knew it was different but not until I read the label did I appreciate that this isn't just another ginger beer. A quick look at the ingredients and words "cane sugar" really got my attention. This is always better than high fructose corn syrup, in my opinion.

After pouring most of a small can of Regatta over a glass of tall glass of gold rum, I drank the last bit straight from the can and really enjoyed the taste of ginger. Not too spicy, plenty of ginger, and a distinct lack of sweetness that is my common complaint with most ginger ales.

I look forward to learning more about this company and drinking more Regatta Ginger Beer. I also like their website, easy to navigate and no flash.
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