Quick Ginger Beer

READY IN: 24hrs 10mins
Recipe by Sharon123

I adapted the recipe from Bon Appetit (May 2006) and changed it up to add lemon and pineapple juice. I love it! The original recipe did not call for the lemon and pineapple juices, so you may want to try it that way first, but I highly recommend you try them! Oh, at first the drink was quite hot and spicy, but after sitting a short time in the fridge, it was just right! For a demonstration on how to make this recipe, go here: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=247514

Top Review by AaliyahsAaronsMum

LOVED it! I don't think I've ever had ginger beer before (can't remember), DH has and he said this tastes MUCH MUCH BETTER than the store bought stuff! I had to cut the recipe in half since the local shop didn't have much ginger!!! I added in the lemon juice but didn't bother with the pineapple juice and I mixed it with club soda. Very refreshing! Thank you, Sharon123, for sharing this wonderful recipe. I definitely will be making this again!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 lb fresh ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 -3 tablespoons lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • 14-12 cup pineapple juice (to taste)
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • crushed ice
  • club soda (optional)


  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Finely chop ginger in a food processor. Transfer to a large glass or ceramic bowl; add boiling water and stir to blend. Cover loosely with foil. Let the ginger mixture stand at cool room temperature 24 hours.
  3. Strain ginger liquid into large pitcher; discard the solids in a strainer.
  4. Add brown sugar to liquid and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and pineapple juice.
  5. Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour ginger beer over ice. If you like, add a little club soda. Serve with lime wedge to squeeze over. Enjoy!

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