Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Anyone for Ginger Beer?

Ginger Beer

8 sultanas
juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon of lemon pulp
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 cups of water.


Place sultanas, lemon juice, pulp, sugar, ground ginger and water into a screwtop jar and leave for 2-3 days until the mixture begins to ferment.
Each day for a week, feed the plant 2 teaspoons of ground ginger and 4 teaspoons of sugar.
At the end of the week the plant is ready to make into ginger beer.

4 cups of boiling water
4 cups of sugar
juice of 4 lemons
28 cups of cold water

Put the boiling water, sugar and lemon juice into a large bowl or bucket.
Strain the plant into the bowl using muslin and squeeze dry.
Add the third measure of water and bottle into airtight jars or bottles.
Leave for about a week or two before you start drinking and then you will have fizzy ginger beer.

To keep the plant alive, divide the mixture that is left in the muslin, in half.
Place one half in a screwtop jar with 2 cups of water and you can give the other half to a friend.
Keep feeding the plant each day for a week by adding 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of ginger and continue again.

Just want to say thank you so much for your kind birthday wishes, you sent for Marcel.
I appreciate your kindness and friendship.

Happy week to all!


  1. Hello Carolyn,

    I had to look up sultanas :) The sharing of the plant reminds me of a friendship cake receipe where you shared it with a friend.

    The ginger beer sounds delish!!


  2. This looks like fun to make, and undoubtedly double the fun to drink!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Carolyn, That sounds like a very refreshing drink! I know ginger ale but hadn't heard about ginger beer yet. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    Hugs to you,

  4. Oh Carolyn,
    You have given me a trip down memory lane. My hubby and I used to have gallons of this when we were first married. I am sure some of it was positively alcoholic! It's a fun thing to do. x

  5. That looks very good and refreshing, never tryed it,-thanks for the recipi, Carolyn.

    XO Dorthe

  6. Carolyn the drink looks so pretty lined up in those bottles. I have never had ginger beer but it looks very tasty!

  7. Oh that takes me back Carolyn!
    I haven't made ginger beer since our children were young.
    It is a great summer drink and maybe I'll do it again!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe - yummy!!!
    Shane xox

  8. looks yummm and quite like some thing that i could try my hand at...will experiment a little this weekend. thanks for sharing sweets!

  9. Uhm!!! Sounds delicious!!!
    I had never make something like that.
    I will try and tell you.

  10. Carolyn, this is similar to Finnish Sima. It doesn't use ginger and it does use yeast. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Takes me back too - lovely recipe and lovely refreshing drink! Cheers!

    Hope you're having a great week,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  12. I've never had ginger beer before...will have to try this. Sweet days to you!

    Carolyn, God bless,

  13. Oh MY! That looks delicious!!! I need to get myself a very, very, VERY long straw and take a sip of yours.

  14. Yummy!! I wonder if this is like our Ginger Ale, looks similar ingredients! You are so clever to make your own, I am way to lazy for that! Enjoy your Ginger beer!
    Hugs, Lisa

  15. Love Renoir's magnificent
    painting image.
    how very interesting this ginger beer making process..
    (your carrot muffin
    recipe was really delicious:))

  16. I've tried searching for a ginger beer recipe, but never found the right one. Thanks for sharing this lovely one :)

  17. Ciao carissima amica!!!

    Trascorso un buon compleanno???

    Tutto bene?

    Grazie 1000 per la ricetta!

    Una vera golosità!!!

    Ti mando un grandissimo bacio e ti auguro anche una splendida settimana!

    Un bacio di cuore!!!

    Con affetto. NI

  18. Hi Carolyn: Hope you are well. The receipe looks so good. I will have to try it. Blessings, Martha

  19. I have never had this before! It looks fun to make. Hope you enjoyed it!

  20. The ginger beer sounds delish and I´m sure it was fun to make it!
    I like your photos as well!:)

    Happy birthday to Marcell!!!:)

    I wish that your days belong much joy and happiness, my dearest friend!!

    Your friend from Finland:)

  21. Yummy, darling!
    Thanks for the recipe!


  22. Oh yes please! I love ginger beer and I would love to try to make some myself :)

    Hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

  23. Oooh, I love Reid's Ginger Brew, I didn't know you could make your own! How cool! XX!

  24. Hey Carolyn! I have visited you and tried to comment a couple of time and couldn't get it to go thru! Happy belated birthday to Marcel-hope you had a good dinner out. The ginger beer sounds so good and very interesting. I am not familiar with sultanas. I have heard that Martha Stewart's family used to make and sell that. Hope all is well with you!

  25. Some of you have asked about sultanas ~ it is a small seedless raisin and hope that you can get them, where you are.
    Also this is like a dry ginger ale and is a very refreshing drink for the summertime, especially served chilled. It is non alcoholic.


  26. Me, I love ginger beer!

    Happy Belated Birthday to your "baby". :-)

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  27. Oh this brings back memories of a batch my dear Mum made one year. She put them all down in our cellar & all was well until one Saturday night all Hell broke loose! The entire batch exploded at once (too much sugar), what a mess. It's MOTH's favourite, but I've never been brave enough to make it.
    Millie ^_^

  28. Thanks for the recipe! I'm trying it this evening!

  29. Carolyn...what fun! I'd love to share a glass with you. :) I don't think I have ever seen a recipe for it, either.

  30. This looks delightful and not to hard. I love seeing all the finished bottles and what a lovely view you have out your window also :)

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

    Hugs ~ Jenn

  31. Wow thank you for this recipe, have always wanted to try!
    Looks yum.

  32. Wow ~~~
    Ginger beer! I haven't thought of it in so long. and now here's your fabulous recipe. What a super tribute to Autumn!

    Your photos look excellent, Carolyn.... Bravo!!

  33. Oh Carolyn,
    I'm so glad I stopped by this afternoon. I love ginger beer! My grandma used to make it for me, I am the only one in the family that cares for it. I haven't had it for years, but I am going to try to make it since you've shared the recipe with us. I can't wait! Maybe this weekend.

    Carolyn, I want to take a moment and thank you for your very kind comment about Gigi, it means more than I can say, your kindness speaks to my soul and appreciate it greatly. Thank you, Carolyn.

  34. I so love seeing how you prepare this delicious recipe!!! I have never try it.. will see...
    hugs dear Carolyn,
    maria cecilia

  35. Ahahhaha! Well well, this has reminded me of my science project in high school "banana beer" and e were able to successfully create beer out of rotten bananas and hops! hahahah! complete with maggots! eeeeeewwwww!!! I'm sure your ginger beer has no maggots in it, but, just reminded me... :)

    I want to thank you for your visits and your kind comments over at my place, I treasure you. :)


  36. Wow...those bottles look amazing..I have never had ginger beer..sounds like a treat.

    Thank you for sharing and thanks for your sweet comments concerning my daughter..I am still waiting the hear from her as she will be arriving at her new school today. xoxoxo


  38. gosh the view from you kitchen is incredible. domestic goddess? I think soooooo

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  39. I only ever tried making ginger beer once - and had a couple of dramatic explosions! Still - it was much better than the bought stuff...


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