4 from 3 votes
Homemade ginger beer served over ice in a mason jar with lime slices and garnished with striped paper straws.
Homemade Ginger Beer
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Fermenting Time
2 d
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins

Ginger beer is the key ingredient to Moscow Mules, Mexican Mules, and is straight up refreshingly delicious on its own! Check out my step-by-step guide, plus all the tips and tricks, for creating this spicy beverage at home!

Course: Cocktail/Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger beer
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 127 kcal
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 oz fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  1. In a large saucepan combine 1 qt water, sugars, ginger, and a pinch of salt.

  2. Bring to a boil and stir until sugars are dissolved. Remove from heat and pour in remaining 1 qt of water and lemon juice.

  3. Let stand, covered, at room for 2-3 hours. Place in refrigerator and cool to 70 degrees.

  4. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain and stir in yeast.

  5. Use a funnel to pour into a 2 liter bottle or into 2 - 1 liter bottles. Make sure you leave at least 2 inches of room at the top.

  6. Leave at room temperature for 2-3 days, loosening the cap occasionally (very slowly and carefully so it doesn't spray all over) to release the pressure.

  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 2 quarts.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Ginger Beer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 26g29%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.