December 18, 2014

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Ginger beer is a favourite refreshing Jamaican beverage. I love Ginger because it not only tastes good, it’s good for your health! I like to add rum to my ginger beer, but it tastes just as good without it. I also like to make it on the sweeter side (1 1/2 cups sugar) because I serve it over ice, which dilutes the potency as it cools. However, I suggest you add 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of sugar based on your own taste for sweetness.
 
This ginger beer recipe is traditional in potency and sweetness. I promise you it will be a hit when you serve it. However, you should also know that flavour intensity increases the longer it is stored. So if you prefer a milder flavour, just add water. Even better, if you’re used to carbonated ginger beer,  mix it with soda water in individual glasses when serving for a really refreshing drink! Because everyone knows that there’s nothing like a cold glass of homemade Jamaican Ginger Beer!

 
Please note:  Traditional Jamaican ginger beer is not fizzy. The cream of tartar (or traditional chew stick) is used to ferment the drink as to deepen the flavour.
 
Ingredients

1lb Fresh ginger
10 cups Hot water
3-5 Whole cloves
1 Tbsp Cream of tartar
1/3 cup Fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 Tbsp Rum (optional)
 
Method

1. Blend fresh ginger in batches with water and pour mixture in large bowl
2. Add cloves and cream of tartar to mixture and steep in fridge overnight (or for at least four hours, if making same day).
3. Using a fine strainer (or one with a cheesecloth), strain steeped ginger beer into another bowl.
4. Add lime juice, sugar and, if using, rum to ginger beer and stir
5. Pour into a large bottle and store in fridge
 
Serve over ice
 

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Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Pendo
    July 19, 2012

    is it ready to drink after straining or does it stay a few days first? also is it possible to boil the ginger as an alternative to blending?

  • Reply
    Lecia
    August 22, 2012

    hi miss Fay. i love your site. did you ever consider openining a restaurant? when you say 3-5 whole cloves, is that garlic? AM NOT SURE THANKS.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 23, 2012

      Hi Lecia,
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m definitely not talking garlic. There is a spice called Clove. Whole cloves may be best known as the spice used when making a traditional baked ham. It also adds a nice touch to Ginger Beer.
      Blessings, Fay

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    Chef William
    February 4, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this. I love ginger beer but never had the recipe. Here in Wisconsin it cost about a dollar a bottle and it is made with soda. I start my day with ginger tea and now I will have my homemade ginger beer in the afternoon.

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    Joyce
    February 20, 2013

    Fay,
    I tried your ginger beer recipe for New Year and it was great! My husband loved it and keep asking for more. I am doing it again, this time to help with fighting the flu and also to enjoy. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle
    March 11, 2013

    Thank you sooo much for this recipe. I am a huge fan of ginger and making my own food and beverages homemade for my family. My kids love this drink. I love your website and youtube channel. God bless.

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    K Micheals
    March 13, 2013

    Another brilliant video. I live near continental stores which sell the most amazing ginger – sometimes the skin is still pink and soft. Its very fresh. Woo Hoo, I cannot wait to try this – Saturday is looking GOOOOOOD. My mum is going to be impressed. Thanks Fay.

  • Reply
    April 15, 2013

    I think I know the chew stick that you are referring to. My husband is African, and we buy it in the African stores to chew on. It is like nature’s toothbrush, or an over-sized tooth pick if you will. He doesn’t recall the name of the tree either. Do you think this is the one, and if so do you just beat it a little and throw it in? I’d be happy to send you some Mrs. Fay, in return for all the wonderful recipes you have shared with the world. May God bless you over and over again for sharing. I love your laugh, it is infectious!

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    Chris
    June 12, 2013

    The ChewSticks are from a plant called MISWACK. African in origin, it is used by many muslims to cleen the teeth. I buy mine at the local Mosque. You can also order them online.

  • Reply
    Clare
    August 20, 2013

    What a lovely recipe. I have an inflammatory disorder and am looking for natural healing. This ginger beer is my medicine tonight. Thanks for giving me a piece of Jamaica (one of my favorite places in the while world).

  • Reply
    Henry
    July 29, 2014

    Hello Ms. Fay:Fell in love with ginger beer at an African birthday party. I have been looking for a recipe and ran across yours. Based on the ingredients, I believe this is it.Thanks and God belss.

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