Ginger Beer Recipe

Ginger Beer Recipe

[Photo: Peter Reed]

Ginger beer is ginger ale's sinister cousin: much more ginger and a little less sweet, but still (mostly) non-alcoholic. It can be made easily at home with simple ingredients and materials.

  • Yield:makes 2 quarts
  • Active time: about 45 minutes
  • Total time:2 days


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (you can adjust to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 quarts cold water, divided
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried champagne yeast


  1. 1.

    Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep.

  2. 2.

    Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65°F.

  3. 3.

    Add 1/4 teaspoon champagne yeast. (Reserve remaining yeast for next batch.) Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for about 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly.

  4. 4.

    When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Serve and enjoy!