Ginger Beer Recipe

This old-time ginger beer recipe produces great ginger beer that is sure to bring back memories to many of us. It’s quite easy to make too!

ginger beer recipe
ginger beer recipe

Ginger Beer Recipe

Ginger beer, known as “gemmerbier” in Afrikaans, is a delicious drink with a ginger flavor.
Course Drinks
Cuisine South African


  • cups white Sugar
  • 4.4 oz. crushed, dry Ginger (125g)
  • ½ cup seedless Raisins
  • Skin (peel) and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 gallon Water
  • 0.4 oz dry Yeast (not instant yeast) (12.5g)


  • Mix the sugar, ginger, raisins, and the skin and juice of the lemon in a bowl.
  • Boil the water and pour over the mixture into the bowl.
  • Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture cool until luke warm.
  • Dissolve the yeast in a little warm water and add to the luke warm mixture. Stir thoroughly.
  • Cover the bowl lightly and let it stand covered in a cool area for 12 hours until the raisins float and the mixture contains small bubbles.
  • Pour the mixture through a soft cloth or sieve into storage bottles. (This removes all solids from the mixture.) Since there will still be a little yeast-action going on, use containers that can withstand a little pressure.
  • Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled. Enjoy!

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