Ginger beer

Enjoy this fiery ginger beer at a family barbecue or pour into a bottle for a picnic. It's made by cooking up a ginger cordial and topping up with soda water

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:20 mins
    Plus cooling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 119
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 30g
  • sugars 29g
  • fibre 0.1g
  • protein 0.1g
  • salt 0.09g


  • 200g ginger, thickly sliced
  • 2 large lemons, peeled and juiced
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 100g light brown muscovado sugar
  • ice
  • 1 litre soda or sparkling water
  • mint sprigs, to serve


  1. Put the ginger in a saucepan set over a low heat with the lemon peel, sugars and 500ml water and stir until the sugars have dissolved. Increase the heat to medium, then simmer for 15-20 mins, or until reduced and syrupy. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.

  2. Strain the syrup into a jug through a sieve lined with muslin. At this stage, you can transfer the syrup to a small sterilised bottle or jar and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

  3. Pour the ginger syrup into a large serving jug. Tip in the lemon juice, fill with ice and top up with the soda water. Serve garnished with a few mint sprigs.

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