On quite possibly the hottest day of the year so far, with the thermometer topping 80 well before midday I and the rest of the family packed up for Fair in the Grove.
For those unfamiliar this is a yearly ren-fair sponsored by the SCA. A nice batch of merchants and demos all wrapped around the Mcmenamins grand lodge out in forest grove.
Taking the opportunity since I wasn’t going to be driving I elected to sample a few things I missed on my trip out to Imbrie Hall on st Patrick’s day. For starters I got a lemonade and Penny’s Gin. The edgefield distillery has made a pretty comfortable non-threatening product. A little lemonade and I could barely taste it. I want to like this better so I’m going to reserve a full review for later when I can play with it a bit in tonics, cocktails and shots.
At lunch came a better surprise. The Dragons Tail cocktail. Nominally a rum drink, the amount of ginger in this cocktail was staggering at first sip. Not sure what I was expecting from something with a ginger liqueur and a ginger syrup but this was a surprise.
Most ginger products I’ve run into lately shoot for more of the raw root burn common to ginger in Asian dishes. This was a bit more akin to a ginger ale bite without the burn, pleasant and tart without really challenging your palate.
Not as refreshing as the lemonade but it cut to the core of itself nicely and went well with burger, salad and hummus.
I think it has inspired me to play around with the Jamaican Ginger Extract that I discovered online. It’s one of those old medicinals that they used to prescribe for things like dyspepsia and hysteria. I think the medicine went (Dram of Ginger extract, lemon peel and a health measure of gin.) One could of course throw out the lemon peel and ginger and still be well on your way but I digress.