Old-Style Ginger Beer

Photo by Grace Cameron

Summer/Fall 2006

  • 1/4 pound/112g ginger root
  • 1 pound/450g sugar
  • 1/2 pound/225g lime
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup of crushed ice


  1. Wash the ginger root to remove any dirt or foreign matter, then cut the ginger root into tiny pieces.
  2. Put ginger in a blender one handful at a time until the blender is 3/4 ways full, each time.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water to the ginger. Puree and allow ginger to process until grounded to a pulp.
  4. Remove pulp and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup water to pulp.
  5. Squeeze the pulp in your palm, allowing the juice to flow through the strainer. Put the squeezed pulp on a plate to the side.
  6. Repeat the process until all the pulp is squeezed. Add water to the squeezed pulp that you put on a plate earlier, in a mixing bowl.
  7. Squeeze this pulp again. Drain ginger beer in another container through the strainer so as to stop any remaining pulp from getting in the final product.
  8. Mix all ingredients together. Your drink is ready.

Note: Dilute with water if it is too harsh.

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