Jamaican Ginger Beer Recipe

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By now it should be apparent that I’m something of a ginger phene.  I mean in the past two weeks alone I’ve posted recipes for Carrot, Ginger and Lime Juice, Tangy Red Cabbage with Ginger, and Rhubarb Ginger Crumble and now this Jamaican ginger beer recipe.  Without a doubt, I can assure you I won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Although I made a Boozy Ginger Beer when I was in Ghana, I’ve been wanting to try a non-alcoholic version.  This is pretty darn close to perfect- just enough brown sugar sweetness, some fruity tartness from the lime, and a whole lot of ginger kick.

If you’re a Frugal Fannie like myself, feel free to re-use the ginger.  Surprisingly, there’s still a lot of ginger flavor left for your favorite tea or syrup.

Jamaican Ginger Beer Recipe

Yield: 4 servings


5 cups water
1 cup minced ginger
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 to 2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar


In a large saucepan bring the water and ginger to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add lime, cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Taste and add a little extra sugar, if desired.

Let stand for three hours. Strain and refrigerate. Serve over ice with a slice of lime.

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