We’ve all slugged a ginger ale with a slice of pizza or dropped a couple scoops of ice cream into a glass of root beer. But what about ginger beer, the lesser-known second cousin to both aforementioned sodas? Ginger beer is an underappreciated soft drink and Pickett’s (www.pickettsgingerbeer.com) makes a righteous version primarily consisting of filtered water, cane sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup!), and natural ginger extract. A 16-oz bottle of Pickett’s concentrated ginger beer syrup ($12.99, available at Whole Foods and Fairway), when mixed with bubbly water at a 5:1 ratio, yields eight 12-oz bottles of yummy ginger beer soda.