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Homemade Jamaican Ginger Beer

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This Traditional Jamaican Ginger Beer recipe is an old family recipe that is simple to make. Serve over ice for a great tasting island drink.

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Homemade Jamaican ginger beer tastes superior to any store bought alternative. This is a refreshing drink, and once you’ve tried this recipe you won’t buy store bought ginger beer again. As it is so easy to make, a jug of this Classic Jamaican ginger beer is perfect to serve at holiday get togethers with family and friends.

This homemade version is non-carbonated, non-alcoholic, and only takes a few ingredients to make. The process is simple as well. Ginger root is pureed, then added to boiling water along with cloves and cream of tartar. Once cooled the liquid is sieved before fresh lime juice, sugar, and vanilla extract are added

Ginger is naturally good for you and has many health properties, including being a great boost to your immune system. So ideal to drink over the colder winter months to prevent colds and flu.

If, like me, you enjoy making your own refreshing no-alcohol drinks, why not try my Jamaican Sorrel Drink, Homemade Cranberry Lemonade, Green Sherbet Punch, or my Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Ingredients

Jamaican ginger beer ingredients

Here is what you will need for this recipe:

  • Water
  • Ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • Whole cloves
  • Cream of tartar
  • Lime juice from fresh limes
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract

How to make Jamaican Ginger Beer

  • Bring 8 cups of water to a boil on the stove-top.
  • Meanwhile, add peeled and chopped ginger root and 2 cups of water to a blender. If you don’t have a blender, grate the ginger.
  • Pulse until the ginger is finely chopped and mixed with the water. 
  • Add the ginger to the boiling water and stir it in.
  • Remove from the heat immediately.
  • Add the cloves and cream of tartar and cover.
  • Allow the mixture to cool. Once cool, place in the refrigerator for at least four hours, or overnight. 
Large pot filled with Jamaican ginger beer
  • Drain the ginger mixture and place the liquid into a large pitcher.
  • In a separate container, add the freshly squeezed lime juice and whisk in the brown sugar. This will allow the sugar to dissolve easily in the drink, similar to this Jamaican Lemonade.
  • Add the lime and sugar mixture to the pitcher of ginger beer, along with the vanilla extract, and stir. 
  • Serve the ginger beer over ice. 
Glass pitcher filled with sieved Jamaican ginger beer

Expert Tips

These tips will help you make the best Jamaican ginger beer you’ve ever tasted. 

  • Peel the ginger. Leaving the skin on can result in a bitter tasting drink.
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar is added to the ginger beer. However, this can be adjusted up or down, depending on taste. If you like it a little sweeter add more sugar, less sweet then add less sugar. You can also use honey in place of the sugar or granulated sugar.
  • The longer the ginger beer sits, the stronger it will taste. Once made allow it to sit for at least 4 hours, but I prefer to leave it for 24 hours if time permits.
  • Serve this drink cold. It’s nice and refreshing.
A glass decorate with a slice of lime being filled from a pitcher of Jamaican ginger beer

Variations 

I like this ginger beer just as it is, but here are some other options:

  • If you can find Jamaican ginger it is the best to use in this recipe as it is an aromatic and pungent ginger, superior in flavor to other ginger root. Otherwise use the ginger root you can find in-store.
  • If you don’t have limes, lemon would be a good swap, although lemon is far more bitter in taste so you might have to adjust the sugar.
  • Strictly for the over 21 audience only, this ginger beer poured over ice with a shot of rum makes a delicious drink. Or add the drink to your favorite cocktail.
Two glasses decorated with slices of fresh lime filled with Jamaican ginger beer and a pitcher of Jamaican ginger beer set alongside

FAQs:

How long can you store Jamaican ginger beer?

Store the ginger beer in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Why is cream of tartar added to ginger beer?

Ginger beer is typically fermented, which is why the cream of tartar is added, it stops the sugar from crystallizing. It deepens the flavor of ginger beer as well. 

Is Jamaican ginger beer healthy?

This ginger beer is packed full of ginger root which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also helps boost the immune system, helping to prevent colds and flu.

Does ginger beer settle the stomach?

This natural ginger beer is ideal as ginger root aids the digestive process so is good for your gut health too. It helps to settle the stomach, combating any nausea or ill effects from over eating.

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Homemade Jamaican Ginger Beer

This Traditional Jamaican Ginger Beer recipe is an old family recipe that is simple to make. Ginger root is pureed, then added to boiling water along with cloves and cream of tartar. Once cooled the liquid is sieved before fresh lime juice, sugar and vanilla extract are added. Serve over ice for a great tasting soft drink.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Keyword Best Jamaican ginger beer, Classic Jamaican ginger beer, Jamaican ginger beer, Traditional Jamaican ginger beer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 168kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 10 cups water separated – 8 cups and 2 cups
  • 1 lb ginger root peeled and chopped
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice from fresh limes
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar add more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Bring 8 cups of water to a boil on the stovetop. Meanwhile, add ginger root and 2 cups of water to a blender. Pulse until the ginger is finely chopped and mixed with the water.
  • Add the ginger to the boiling water and stir it in. Remove from heat immediately. Add the cloves and cream of tartar and cover. Allow the mixture to cool. Place in the refrigerator for at least four hours, or overnight.
  • Drain the ginger mixture and place the liquid into a large pitcher. In a separate container, add the freshly squeezed lime juice and whisk in the brown sugar. Add this to the pitcher of ginger beer, along with the vanilla extract, and stir.
  • Serve the ginger beer over ice.

Notes

  • Store the ginger beer in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
  • Ginger beer is typically fermented, which is why the cream of tartar is added. It deepens the flavor of ginger beer as well. 
  • The longer the ginger beer sits, the stronger it will taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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