Ginger Beer – Not really beer?   Leave a comment

Ginger beer is loved by most Belizean for its pungent ginger flavor.  However, it’s not an alcoholic drink. In other words, you will not get a buzz from drinking it (Maybe a sugar rush, though).   Similar to root beer, which is also non-alcoholic, ginger beer is just a delicious tasting drink.  Would you like to try it?  Here’s a recipe from:


  • 3/4 cup grated ginger root
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 1/4 oz packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine and stir grated ginger root, lime juice, and cream of tartar.
  2. In a large pot, bring 12 cups water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Pour hot water over ginger mixture and set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar.
  5. Stir to make a smooth paste.
  6. When ginger mixture is warm, add yeast mixture and stir well. Cover bowl and refrigerate from 3-5 days.
  7. Pour ginger mixture through a strainer with another large bowl underneath to catch the liquid. Add remaining sugar to ginger beer and stir well.

Posted September 9, 2011 by belizecuisine in Beverages

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