1/2 pound peeled, fresh ginger
6 allspice berries
2 whole star anise
1/2 cup brown sugar
Mint sprigs for garnish
1. Grate the ginger on the widest holes of a box grater. In a large saucepan, combine 8 cups of cold water with the ginger, allspice berries, and star anise. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and sugar; let cool completely.
2. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher and refrigerate until well chilled. To serve, pour ginger beer into tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint.
Variation: This refreshing drink can also be enjoyed warm. Simply pour into mugs while still warm after straining mixture.