200 – 225g root ginger
2 litres water, bottled or boiled and left to cool overnight
1 – 2 cups caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Peel the ginger and grate it into a large bowl. Pour a little water over the grater to rinse off any ginger clinging to it and then add about ¾ of the rest of the water to the ginger. Also add a splash of warm water from the kettle as this will help to dissolve the sugar.
2. Strain the ginger liquid back into the water jug and add the vanilla extract and sugar to taste. When you are happy with the taste of your drink, strain it again into a jug over ice and serve chilled.