Just as boerekos and foraging are making a comeback, so are those home-made drinks of old. So let’s dust off the recipe
books and follow in grandma’s footsteps. Cheers
Opportunity seldom closes one door without opening another. The clampdown on drink driving, and the sugar tax on oversweet drinks, has led to more than a few light-bulb moments and ideas for new non-alcoholic drinks. Often these take their cue from Grandma’s time-honoured recipes for beverages like ginger beer and lemonade, alcoholic or otherwise.
Now, in back-to-the-future fashion, these old favourites are making a comeback, as canny folk take a leaf from Grandma’s recipe book. It’s part of a trend that includes craft breweries and artisan products, where of jams and condiments on the shelves. Spellbinding stuff.
Outside, Annamarie was lining up bottles of her hop beer to sit in the sun for two days, an essential step in the making of her popular brew. Annamarie resists suggestions that she should market her beer elsewhere. “It goes straight from my kitchen to the farm stall. I like to keep my business small and to keep a hand on my products.”
It’s a long time since Annamarie had a holiday in December, when the valley is busy with tourists and holidaymakers. At least not since her wish for a farm stall was granted and the Hop Valley Farm Stall was built. Now her jams, chutneys and drinks made from local farm produce
all day,”she says. “Just keeping up with demand.”.
Her hops beer is made after the February hop harvest, from a traditional recipe containing hops, sugar and water, handed down by her mother-in-law. The Hops Farm