Brewing your own alcoholic ginger beer is no big deal! If you like the fiery taste of ginger, you’ll love this homemade fermented drink.
Its alcohol content is similar to that of a beer, which is usually between 3 and 5%.
However, it has nothing to do with this other fermented drink! The three main ingredients of the ginger beer recipe are ginger, sugar and water.
The recipe produces 3 liters of ginger beer.
Homemade Alcoholic Ginger Beer Recipe (With Ginger Bug)
- Blender, food processor or a good knife and some patience
- Zester/fine grater
- 400 g sugar
- 150 g ginger
- 2 lemons (or limes)
- 75 g raisins
- 100 g ginger bug* *(The use of an active ginger bug guarantees the success of this fermentation.)
- 3 l water
- Mint (optional)
- Recover the zest and juice from the citrus fruits. Put the peels in the compost.
- Pour all the ingredients into the blender with one or two cups of water.
- Blend until a homogeneous consistency is obtained. Add water as needed. If you do not have a blender, finely chop the ingredients with a knife or food processor.
- Filter with a fine sieve. Pour the liquid into a perfectly clean jar.
- Add water until you reach 2-3cm below the jar mouth.
- Cover the jar with a lid with an airlock.
- Fill the airlock to the line with water or alcohol.
- Allow to ferment at room temperature until there are no more bubbles left for at least a week. This can take up to 1 to 3 months.
- Bottle in pressure-resistant bottles. Leave sediments in the bottom of the jar. Keep the bottles in the dark for at least 1 month to develop the sparkling and enhance the flavours.
Ginger beer will benefit from several months of aging. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves and enjoy!
To make a very low-alcohol version, add only 1⁄4 cup of sugar and limit fermentation to 1 week. Be careful! As the fermentation will be incomplete, the bottles could become very bubbly. Therefore, as soon as the desired sparkle is attained, put in the fridge.
For a more boozy version, check out our ginger wine recipe!
- Buy top-quality fermentation equipment
- Read How to Make Ginger Bug?
- Read How to Sanitize Your Equipment?
- Learn How to flavour your fermented drinks with local plants
- Try other fermented drink recipes