Cake Liberation Front posted in the giveaway thread about a giveaway they're doing, so I checked out the blog. They had a recipe for Alcoholic Ginger Beer Bread - a cake-like quick bread with ginger, ginger beer, and chocolate - so I decided that I needed to give it a try.
The first step here was finding Hollows Alcoholic Ginger Beer as Crabbie's is, apparently, not vegan. I'd never seen it before, so I contacted customer service, who sent me a list of retailers the next day. The contact person also said they'd send me some free samples if I found it in a shop that wasn't on their list. Well, after I bought it from Earthy Foods & Goods (on my first visit; I also bought my favourite rooibos chai and my favourite dark chocolate - The Chocolate Tree's sea salt and caramel dark chocolate), I happened to spy a bottle in Real Foods (which is kinda funny because I didn't even think of looking there, even though it's exactly the kind of thing they'd sell and I'm there a couple times a week). And, true to her word, the contact person asked me for my address to send me some samples! I eagerly await them - it'll brighten my work day, since that's where they'll be delivered.
Anyway, I digress. So, I made the bread, and I had some ginger beer left over. I don't think I've ever had straight alcoholic ginger beer, but I've had the non-alcoholic stuff. I like it enough, but only sparingly, as I find it has a bit of an ohgoditburns! quality to it. This, however, did not taste like burning. It has a mild, pleasant flavour, definitely ginger but not so strong that it hurts, but it also doesn't taste like alcohol. I would definitely order this in a pub - it's more refreshing than cider and less vile than beer. Unfortunately, I only had about 1/4 of a bottle left, and Mike drank most of it, so I couldn't judge the level of buzz one might get from it.
On to the bread:
I like it a lot, though I wish it had come out a little more cake-like. As you can see, it's loaded with chocolate chips (which I used in place of chunks because I'm lazy and had about a kilo of chips vs no bars/chunks), and the chocolate flavour almost overwhelms the ginger. Despite having 2 tsp of ginger and 12 oz of ginger beer, the ginger flavour is actually pretty subtle. I'm hoping that will change with a bit of a sit.
BTW, the company that makes the alcoholic ginger beer is owned by Fentimans, who bring us Curiosity Cola and Victorian Lemonade. They make good stuff.
I'm super excited about tomorrow - I'm going to Glasgow for eating, meeting up for cake and beverages, and going to museums. Two things - new menu at Heavenly, and AC/DC exhibition at the Kelvingrove! More about that when I get home tomorrow evening!