One-Week Ginger Beer

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3 quarts water
1 pound ginger root, washed, unpeeled, and grated
1/2 cup lime juice (from 4 to 5 small limes)
1 to 1-1/2 cups light-brown sugar


In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add ginger and steep overnight. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing ginger to release flavor, then pour into bottle through a funnel. Add lime juice and 1 cup sugar; stir vigorously. Adjust to your taste with remaining sugar. Cover and store at room temperature; let mixture steep (and dregs settle) 24 hours. Decant to a second bottle with a tight-fitting screw top and refrigerate 3 to 5 days.


about 3 quarts

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

20 Minutes

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One-week ginger beer

Will this end up being fizzy?

how to make ginger beer

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Hi, Rebecca. You could add a little seltzer water to each glass to make the drink fizzy.

Can Stevia or agave nectar be

Can Stevia or agave nectar be used in place of sugar? I love ginger drinks but am unable to consume this much sugar!

For each cup of sugar, use

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For each cup of sugar, use 2/3 cup of agave and reduce the other liquids by 1/4 cup.
Stevia can substituted by replacing 1 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon of stevia.

How would one use selzer

How would one use selzer water? Wouldn't that weaken it down if added afterwards?

Yes, we recommend mixing with

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Yes, we recommend mixing with seltzer if you find that the flavor is too strong. Otherwise, you can enjoy the drink as is.