DIY Ginger Brew

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Most of my cocktail choices involve ginger beer because the spicy/sweetness pairs well with gin or bourbon (my two favorite spirits). Plus, I love that tingly mouth burn you get with ginger. Maybe that’s why I love kombucha so much?

I’ve made my own lemon ginger elixir before, but never my own ginger beer/ginger brew.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let me show you how easy it is to make DIY Ginger Brew. Your summer cocktail lineup just got a little more exciting.At least that’s what I’m hoping!

Let’s gather our ingredients!

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Instead of grating the ginger (which would take FOREVER), just chop it up with skin & all.

We will be straining it later, so it’s not a big deal.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

While you’re getting everything ready, squeeze your lemons & limes. Set aside.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

First you heat up the ginger with sugar, pineapple juice, allspice, cloves and cinnamon stick.

Your kitchen is going to smell wonderful. Brace yourself.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

After it boils/sits, stir in the honey and both lemon & lime juices.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

STRAIN! Look at that! We have a spicy ginger brew.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

To serve, fill up a glass with water.

Mix the ginger brew with….

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

SPARKLING WATER!

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Talk about refreshing!

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Perfect non-alcoholic beverage for all of you pregnant mamas out there!

Add some cranberry juice and some fresh lime juice and you can make yourself quite a mocktail.

Heck, I’d mix some flavored sparkling waters in there while your at it.

Love ginger beer? You can make your own concentrate for drinks & cocktails. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

And now that you have yourself a bottle of Ginger Brew, here are some

SHUTTERBEAN RECIPES with GINGER BEER:

DIY Ginger Brew

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makes about 3 cups concentrate

recipe from Quench

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup fresh chopped ginger root, coarsely chopped (about 1/3 lb.)
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 2 inches long)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • sparkling water and ice, to serve

Combine the water, pineapple, sugar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan, Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the honey, lime juice and lemon juice. Cover and steep until cooled to room temperature. Strain the concentrate through a fine-mesh sieve placed atop a quart-size container. Compost the solids.

Transfer the strained concentrate to a lidded container, and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour about 1/4 cup into a 12-oz glass. Add ice and top off with sparkling water. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator, and use within 2 to 3 weeks.

 

 

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  • libby

    OHHHH MYYYY!!! I can’t even wait to taste all of those flavors!

  • Ashley

    This is fantastic! I’ve made homemade ginger beer a few times but it was years ago. Can’t wait to try this recipe. :)

  • Kate

    Yum! Ginger is one of my favorite things in life. I tried to make my own ginger beer in in high school in a plastic 2 liter bottle that had previously contained Squirt and it was horrifically bad. I was not very bright 😀

  • Julia

    Any suggestions for an alternative to pineapple juice? I have the lamest allergy.

  • Alex

    Have you ever used this as a flavoring for your kombucha, instead of fruit juice in the 2F? If so, what ratios did you use? If not, you probably should!

    • Tracy

      Not yet! I just made it yesterday. I think I’ll use it on my batch this week though, I’ll let you know!

  • Megan

    This sounds promising!!

  • Rhonda Thomson

    Made your ginger brew earlier today and am now drinking it over ice mixed with Pimm’s fruited gin, seltzer and a slice of lemon – SO good! Also made your grilled chicken with tomato-parsley salad for dinner tonight. Didn’t have the mozzarella, but made the garlicky grilled bread, topped it with the chicken, placed the tomato-parsley salad on top of that, garnished with thin shards of Parmesan and a squeeze of lemon – served with a steak knife to cut through all those delicious layers. Perfect meal as we ease into this first night of Memorial Weekend – which always symbolizes the beginning of summer – yay! Thanks for these two great recipes! Happy Summer!

  • Chelsea - Baked Greens

    I love this idea! I feel like I want to keep everything raw and ferment it on the counter for… like a week? Then maybe bottle it like Kombucha and see if I get any fizz? THanks for the inspiration Tracy!

  • Katja

    This looks amazing! I’m trying to collect a list of ideas of what to make this summer and I am so happy I found your blog. I love ginger and this might be the next best thing for all my friends who don’t drink. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Julie

    Can you substitute ground cloves and allspice?

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