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Jamaica Ginger

Type

Chemical additives

Also known as

Extract of ginger, ginger essence

Description

Defunct generic USP grade liquid ginger compound used medicinally as an antispasmodic and in drinks as a ginger flavoring, added in dashes. Prohibition saw Jamaica ginger abused in much larger quantities as an additive to "bathtub gin" and other crudely-distilled and foul-tasting products prepared for scofflaw drinkers. This often led to cases of temporary semi-paralysis, known as "jake-leg", an ironic variation of the term "jack-leg", meaning the stagger around without control.

Flavor

ginger and pungent

Availability

Unavailable. Produced and sold in United States.

Substitute

ginger extract

Usage examples

This ingredient appears in 7 recipes in CocktailDB.
pictureFlu
pictureGrenadier Cocktail
pictureHot Deck
pictureJamaican Ginger Cocktail #1
pictureFlu Cocktail
pictureHot Deck Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail 2006
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