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5 from 2 votes

Ginger beer (yeast free)

A refreshing non-alcoholic drink that is full of flavour, this ginger beer is made without yeast or citrus. Makes approximately one litre / 4 cups.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 1 litre
Author: Claire


  • ½ cup fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 4 cups sparkling water
  • mint to garnish


  • Peel the ginger, and then grate with the coarse side of the grater. Add to a bowl along with the sugar. Muddle the mixture (stir, combine and press with the back of a spoon). Pour on the sparkling water.
  • Leave the ginger mixture to combine for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pass the liquid through a sieve into a jug. Discard the ginger.
  • Pour the ginger beer into your glasses, add ice and garnish with fresh mint.


  • Spend time muddling the mixture, pressing and even bashing(!) the ginger together with the sugar to release the juices. This will bring out the flavour.
  • I suggest using a plain sparkling water rather than mineral water, as the latter would change the taste a great deal.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • ginger, which scores 1. There is a note stating 'Small amounts are well tolerated'.
  • sparkling water is rated on the SIGHI list.