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Old Fashioned Ginger Beer Recipe

Savor the taste of old fashioned ginger beer on a warm sunny day!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: English
Keyword: ginger beer, root beer
Servings: 2 liters
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 4 tbsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • To make ginger beer, grate approximately 4 tablespoons of fresh ginger into a fine-mesh sieve.
  • Press the grated ginger to extract any juice into a small bowl.
  • Funnel the ginger juice into a bottle (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of dry active yeast.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with water, leaving 1-2 inches of space at the top.
  • Seal the bottle tightly and shake well to dissolve sugar.
  • Let this bottle stand for 36 hours at room temperature.
  • Serve this beverage cold.


It is best made in plastic bottles. Should you choose to bottle the ginger beer in glass bottles, ensure that the ginger beer has lost most of its fizz before bottling them. If you don't, it will continue to carbonate in the bottles, which could cause the bottles to explode due to acute pressure.
Always keep it refrigerated and consume it within six days. This will ensure that the alcohol content of the drink remains low.