Fresh, Fiery, Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer in a jarMy mother dug up a vintage ginger beer jar in the garden the other day and so I thought I’d try my hand at making the towns local specialty. The word ‘fiery’ in the title is there for a reason as it certainly sets your taste buds alight, but is much better than the sickly sweet versions you get at the supermarket. 

Taken from Jamie OliverGinger Beer


  • 140g fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons muscovado sugar
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1 litre soda water or sparkling mineral water
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint
  1.  Grate the ginger on a coarse cheese grater – you can leave the skin on if you like. Put the ginger with its pulpy juice into a bowl and sprinkle in your muscovado sugar. Remove the rind from 2 of your lemons with a vegetable peeler, add to the bowl, and slightly bash and squash with something heavy like a pestle or a rolling-pin. Just do this for 10 seconds, to mix up all the flavours. Squeeze the juice from all 3 lemons and add most of it to the bowl. Pour in your fizzy water or soda water.
  2. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then taste. You may feel that the lemons are slightly too sour, therefore add a little more sugar; if it’s slightly too sweet, add a little more lemon juice. Pass the ginger beer through a coarse sieve into a large jug and add lots of ice and some sprigs of mint.

Directions for use: Add a glug of vodka to really step up the heat!


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