Easy Homemade Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

"Ginger Beer"

Ginger beer has to be one of the best summer thirst quenchers ever. I can’t think of anything better than enjoying a pitcher of iced ginger beer and sharing a family BBQ on a warm summer’s eve.  Real ginger beer requires a starter culture and although  it’s equally delicious, it needs some advanced planning.

So here is a fabulous shortcut for getting fantastic results in no time. By the time the BBQ has warmed, your ice-cold ginger beer will be ready to drink!

Ginger beer first originated in mid-18th Century England and was originally made as a fermented alcoholic beer. It was made using: ginger, sugar, water, and a unique combination of cultures, known as the ginger beer plant. These days, what we call ‘ginger beer’ is actually a complete misnomer. Most commercial ginger beer contains no alcohol and is enjoyed as a soft drink.

Ideally, your ginger beer should have a strong ‘ginger’ taste and the flavour should be hot and spicy, unlike its milder cousin, ginger ale.

Easy Ginger Beer Recipe

What you need

  • 150g/5oz of fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 2 to 3 lemons
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints of sparkling mineral water
  • sprigs of fresh mint, zest or slices of lemon or lime

What to do

Leave the skin on and grate your fresh ginger into a large bowl and then add your sugar. Using a veggie peeler, remove the rind from two lemons and add this too. Follow this by adding the squeezed juice from all three lemons. Then grabbing a pestle, use this to press and squash the pulpy mixture so that the flavours are released together. Now it’s time to add your sparkling mineral water to the bowl. Then allow the whole thing to infuse for 15 minutes. If necessary, add more lemon juice or sugar to taste before pouring the ginger mixture through a sieve and into a pitcher. Finally, add plenty of ice, some sprigs of mint (if you have any to hand) and garnish with zest or wedges of lemon or lime.

Bonne Appétit!

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

"Ginger Beer"

For the ultimate ginger beer cocktail, incase you favour something a little more alcoholic..(serves one)

What you need

  • 55 ml/ 2 fl oz Goslings Black Seal Rum or other dark rum
  • 150 ml/ 4 fl oz homemade ginger beer
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge or zest to garnish

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Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: One Pitcher of Ginger Beer

Easy Homemade Ginger Beer

Ginger beer has to be one of the best summer thirst quenchers ever. I can't think of anything better than enjoying a pitcher of iced ginger beer and sharing a family BBQ on a warm summer's eve. Real ginger beer requires a starter culture and although it's equally delicious, it needs some advanced planning. So here is a fabulous shortcut for getting fantastic results in no time. By the time the BBQ has warmed, your ice-cold ginger beer will be ready to drink! Ideally, your ginger beer should have a strong 'ginger' taste and the flavour should be hot and spicy, unlike its milder cousin, ginger ale.

What you need

  • 150g/5oz of fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 2 to 3 lemons
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints of sparkling mineral water
  • sprigs of fresh mint, zest or slices of lemon or lime

What to do

Leave the skin on and grate your fresh ginger into a large bowl and add your sugar. Using a veggie peeler, remove the rind from two lemons and add this too. Follow this by adding the squeezed juice from all three lemons. Grabbing a pestle, use this to press and squash the pulpy mixture so that the flavours are released together. Now it’s time to add your sparkling mineral water to the bowl before allowing the whole thing to infuse for 15 minutes. If necessary add more lemon juice or sugar to taste before pouring the whole lot through a sieve into a pitcher. Finally, add plenty of ice, some sprigs of mint (if you have any to hand) and garnish with zest or wedges of lemon or lime.

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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.

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  1. Bri says:

    My friend Robin drinks a ginger beer every night. He likes to try different kinds, so I’ll send this recipe to him. Gotta love any recipe that calls for a pestle. Thanks.

  2. Christine says:

    Yum! I’ll bet no one at your party gets indigestion ;-) I’ve been using ginger and sparkling water as a tummy settler for years…..

  3. This looks great! You should come share it in my Homesteading Link Up this week! http://farmersdaughterct.com/2012/07/12/homesteading-link-up-and-make-your-own-pectin/

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  5. artichaut says:

    Thanks for this recipe , looks delicious!

  6. Senn says:

    The only downside here is that I gave my kids a little too much and they had the ginger jitters the entire day. Then asked for more cause they thought it was fun. Time for another lecture in the mirror.

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