Lemon-based ginger beer


  • 2 Tbspns warm water
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • 1/4 tspn dried yeast granules
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Rind of 2 lemons
  • 1 tspn to 1 tblspn dried ginger


  • Put first measure of sugar in warm water to dissolve, add yeast and stir.
  • Place in warm place to start working.
  • Finely grate or slice rind from 2 lemons and place in a heatproof container with the 1 cup of sugar and the dried ginger.
  • Pour over 1 cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain into 1.5 L plastic bottle in which the ginger beer will be made.
  • Top up bottle with cool water to near top so that final temp is approx. body temp.
  • Add yeast to bottle as soon as it shows signs of working, ie. it foams.
  • Cap bottle tightly.
  • Mix thoroughly and put in a warm place.
  • Leave until bottle becomes undentable. Depending on the yeast this can take anything from 12 hours to 3 days, but best to check regularly, as there is a risk of explosion with this!
  • Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled and open with great care!

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