The name beer can cause confusion to people, but this is completely different from regular beer. Ginger beer can be very easily made at home and all it needs is very few ingredients which I bet are already in your pantry.
Anybody can make this beer, and anybody can drink it(children can drink it if made without yeast, and it’s not fermented). If you’d like to make a alcoholic ginger ale you can add yeast to the drink and ferment it for 3-4 days.
It’s fresh, it’s summery, and it’s super quick and easy to make. A big jug of fresh home made ginger beer with loads of ice in it and barbecue is a perfect way to spend a hot summer day.
This is a shortcut recipe which does not uses yeast and so there is no fermentation involved. Fermenting a drink is time consuming and children cannot have the drink. I wanted to try a non alcoholic beer which is fast and which my kids can have it too. This is a perfect one for kids too.
All you need is ginger, lemons, muscovado sugar and sparkling water.
Here’s home made ginger beer, non alcoholic version-
Serving – 1
Recipe inspired from Jamie Oliver
Fresh ginger – 50 gms
Muscovado sugar – 3 tbspn(I used brown sugar)
Lemons – 2 nos
Soda water/sparkling water – 1 cup
For garnish –
1. Wash ginger thoroughly. Make sure to remove all the dirt from it. If you don’t prefer to have skin, you can scoop the skin off using a sharp edged spoon.
2. Grate ginger. Transfer the grated ginger along with the juices into a large bowl.
3. Add muscovado sugar to the bowl. Remove the rind of lemons using a peeler and add that to the bowl as well.
4. Squeeze the juice of lemons into the bowl. Now muddle all the ingredients so they are well combined. I used pestle to mash it up the ingredients.
5. Add 1/2 cup of soda water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Taste it and adjust the taste accordingly. If it’s less sweet for you, you can add more sugar, and if you prefer you can add more lemon juice as well.
6. Next pass the juice through a coarse sieve.
7. Pour the beer into mugs just before serving. Add loads of ice into the juice. Add the remaining soda water, garnish with mint leaves and rosemary sprig for stirring. Serve immediately.
1. I added half of the soda water before serving and let it sit, the fizz definitely doesn’t stay. Just before serving I added the remaining soda water and served immediately. The drink was fizzy, do remember to add soda water just before serving to get fizzy drink.
2. Like I mentioned this is non-alcoholic version. But if you’d like be ferment and produce a very slight alcohol content in this drink, you will have to use fresh yeast that will be added to the drink. The drink will be stored in air tight bottles. The fermentation of the yeast creates the bubbles. You’ll need to release pressure from the bottle every day or two, otherwise the bottle could explode! Fermentation for longer period increases the alcohol content.
CAUTION: be sure to open the bottle every day to release the extra gas, otherwise the bottle might explode and you’ll have a big mess on your hands! Note that as the beverage ferments, sediment will settle at the bottom of the bottle. You can strain it out if you wish.