Jamaican Ginger Beer


  • Remove 1/2 cup of the boiling water and set aside to cool to lukewarm.

  • Combine remaining boiling water, 2 cups sugar, ginger, honey, and lime juice in a large plastic container.

  • Mix the 1/2 cup lukewarm water, 1 cup sugar, and yeast together in a separate bowl.

  • Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy paste, about 5 minutes; stir into ginger mixture.

  • Cover container and let sit for 3 days. Skim foam from top, strain liquid, and pour ginger beer into clean storage containers; chill.

16 Servings

  • 4 quarts boiling water

  • 3 cups white sugar, divided

  • ½ pound ginger root with skin, grated

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 1 cup fresh brewers’ yeast