Amazake lemon ginger drink


Some like it hot, and some like it cold!
Of course, it's all about the weather and how you feel. 
This naturally sweet, grain-based drink is perfect for keeping your blood sugar level steady and in tune.

Take it with you in a thermos, and it will keep you warm and relaxed.
And after a long walk, bicycling or skating, it will give you just the right "kick in the butt" you may need.

And served chilled, you will love it too!

But first, w
hat is AMAZAKE?
Amazake is a traditional natural sweetener obtained by fermentation of cooked rice or other grains with the culture of Aspergillus Oryzae. This "noble" cultured bacteria can break down the complex grain carbohydrates into smaller, sweeter simple sugars (mono, oligo, and polysaccharides).

The result is a super delicious pudding-like sweet paste that can be used in cakes, muffins, pancakes, smoothies, chilled and warm drinks, shakes, desserts, sauces, pickles, marinades, or simply on your morning porridge.


To make 4 - 6 portions of the Amazake lemon ginger drink, you will need:

1 big jar 740g rice amazake *, or 2 small jars
spring water
peel of a organic medium-size lemon, finely grated
2 pinches of white sea salt *
vanilla powder and fresh ginger juice to your liking

* Tampopo Foods product


Step by step:

1. Pour the amazake into the pan.
2. Fill the empty amazake jar with water, shake-clean it, and pour 1/2 of it into the pan with amazake.
3. Heat up gently, stirring from time to time with a whisk.
4. Place a fine strainer on another pan and pour the warm mixture through it. Use the rubber spatula to separate the bran. As removing the bran will make your drink nicely smooth.
5. Pour the other 1/2 jar of water over the strained bran to wash out the remaining sweetness. Keep the bran refrigerated in an air-tight container and use it in your porridge, smoothie, or pastry within a week. It contains beneficial pre-biotic fibres.
6. Stirring from time to time with the whisk, heat the strained mixture gently. Add the sea salt, lemon zest and spices to your liking.
7. Serve warm or chilled.


Tips:
Try also the millet or oat amazake version for this drink.
You may like to use ground cardamom or fennel seeds instead of vanilla.
How about using yannoh or cacao for a yummy Mocca taste? 
And adding some yuzu juice at the end tastes great too!

And for extra smoothness, you can replace part (or everything) of the water with a good quality grain drink.


Cheers!


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