Jamaican Ginger Beer Recipe

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.

1lb Fresh ginger root, peeled
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)

1. In a blender, blend pieces of 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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  • Pendo

    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?

  • Lecia

    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.

  • Chef William

    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.

  • Joyce

    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.

  • Michelle

    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.

  • K Micheals

    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.

  • Chris

    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.

  • Clare

    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).

  • Henry

    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.

  • Pat

    Thanks for this recipe Ms Fay, can’t wait to try this as soon as I gather the ingredients here in Texas. This sounds like the same I had back home i rea lov ginger beer!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Chili

    Hello Fay, In your recipe when you say 1 pound of fresh ginger, are you meaning whole ginger root? If so would it then be peeled and sliced? Or are you meaning fresh already grated ginger root? I\\’m very intrigued to try this recipe! Thank you.

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi Chili,
      Sorry that the recipe wasn’t clear. Yes, it’s fresh ginger root, which is added to a blender with water. However it doesn’t need to be peeled because it will be strained later. Fay

  • LeeAnn Fredricks

    I’m so glad to find your website! We were in Jamaica last month doing some training and participating in a prayer conference in Discovery Bay. We enjoyed the food so much!

    I’m cooking dinner for our church here at home so they can experience a bit of Jamaica!!

    I’ve started the Ginger Beer and wanted to know if I need to cover it while it’s in the refrigerator? Also, do you stir it during this time, or leave it alone?

    Thank you!

    • Fay & Angela

      Hi LeAnn,
      By now you should have made the Ginger Beer, but if not, you’ll find it’s pretty foolproof. You can cover it or not and stirring while it’s in the fridge is optional too. Blessings, Fay

  • Fay & Angela

    Hi Tracey,
    Thank you for your kind words. Have you tried my recipe yet? It has quite the kick. It you want more of a kick just use more ginger. Fay