Herbal Soda: Making Ginger Beer

Rediscover the art of making botanical drinks by making Ginger Beer.


| June/July 2012


The Swedes make a soft “beer” that’s flavored only with lemons; the addition of pungent fresh gingerroot makes a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage. We’ve seen rec­ipes that also add a sprig or two of rosemary. MAKES ABOUT 1 GALLON OF GINGER BEER

• 1 ounce fresh gingerroot, chopped coarsely
• 1 lemon, thinly sliced
• 1 gallon water
• 2 cups sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon yeast

1. Place gingerroot and lemon slices in a large kettle and bruise them with a potato masher.

2. Add water, bring to a boil, and simmer gently for 30 min­utes. Remove from heat, add sugar, and stir until dissolved.



3. Cool to luke­warm. Stir in yeast, and let stand for about an hour. Bottle as described for root beer and store in a cool place.


Kathryn Kingsbury is a freelance writer who enjoys turning her kitchen into a culinary chemistry lab. 







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