Ginger beer complements a variety of cocktails by offering the just the right amount of spice. Mix it with vodka for a tangy Moscow Mule, or add it to rum and lime for a classic Dark and Stormy. This carbonated beverage has a robust flavor profile that is both zesty and smooth, making it an ideal staple for any home bar stock.
In addition to its signature taste, ginger beer is loaded with nutrients. Ginger root has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, and it can even help ease nausea and prevent infections. Additionally, ginger promotes good digestion, relieves heartburn and is great for heart health. There’s a reason why this herb was so popular among ancient medical practitioners.
Homemade Ginger Beer
True Roots ginger beer is one of our favorite brews, but making your own version at home is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. Watch the video below to see how easy it is. To begin, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 oz. Fresh Ginger Juice (freshly grated or store-bought)
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
3 oz. Simple Syrup
12 oz. Warm Water
25 Granules of Champagne Yeast
- First, combine the ginger juice, lemon juice, water and simple syrup in a small mixing bowl or measuring cup. Stir the liquid just enough to get a consistent mixture. If you want it to taste sweeter, add another ounce of simple syrup; use less if you prefer a more bitter finish.
- Transfer the liquid to a 16 oz. bottle. These can be found online or at your local container and storage store. Use a funnel for easy pouring and to prevent any spills, and make sure to leave a little room at the top of the bottle.
- Add the champagne yeast granules.
- Secure the bottle tightly and store in a warm, dark place for at least 48 hours.
- Chill and serve!
How it Works
The magic happens when the yeast becomes active in the liquid. As it sits, the yeast feeds on the sugar and releases carbon dioxide. This is how the drink becomes fizzy. Make sure to refrigerate the bottle after a couple days. This slows the carbonation process; otherwise, the mixture will begin to ferment.
Keep a batch of this homemade brew on hand for your next Moscow Mule Party or have it ready for the next time you need a natural tummy soother. However you choose to enjoy this beverage, you’ll find it easy to make and deliciously satisfying.