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The best Jamaican ginger beer recipe

Jamaican Ginger Beer Recipe. This is an old-time Jamaican recipe that has been past down from generations. Rich is flavour is yet very easy to make!

best Jamaican ginger beer

Jamaican Ginger Beer

If you have never made your own Jamaican ginger beer, you have to try it. This is a simple and easy to follow Jamaican ginger beer recipe.

Made from Jamaican ginger and fresh lime juice, you won’t want to buy another in store ginger beer.

I will also show you how to add your own fizzy to the drink to make it taste just like the one you buy in store.

Jamaican Ginger

Jamaican ginger is considered by many to be the best in the world because it is the most aromatic and pungent ginger compared to other ginger.

It is used extensively in many Jamaican cuisines such as Jamaican ginger cake, ginger tea and much more. Use Jamaican ginger for this recipe if you are able to get any.

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Ginger Benefits

Ginger has so many health benefits, it could take a whole post to name them all, but just to mane a few:

  • Immunity: Ginger helps to boots the immune system to ward off and prevent cold and flu
  • Antibiotic: The antibacterial agent in ginger is found to be effective in treating bacterial infections such as gingivitis.
  • Pain relief: Ginger can use to relief pain especially menstrual pain.
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Lime or Lemon?

Lime and lemon are very similar fruits but their taste are slightly different.

Lemon is not as sour as lime and lime have a bitterness to it that lemon doesn’t have.

The recipe uses lime but I won’t say you can not use lemon.

How To Make Jamaican Ginger Beer

You will be surprised how easy it is to make ginger beer.

Get the amount of ginger you want, remove the skin, which is not a given, add it to a blender and puree.

Pour it into a container and add boiling water to it and leave it to steep overnight.

After you soak the ginger beer overnight, strain it add the fresh lime juice and sweeten with sugar.

how to make ginger beer

Make It Fizzy

Just like the ginger beer pop you by in store, you can get your homemade ginger beer to fizzy just by using carbonated water.

You would reduce the amount of boiling water you add to the pureed ginger and make it up with fizzy water when you are adding the sugar and lime.

It’s that simple.

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best Jamaican ginger beer

The best Jamaican ginger beer recipe

This Jamaican ginger beer recipe is easy to follow and the end result is refreshing and tasty.
4.78 from 22 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican ginger beer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 1 lb Jamaican ginger
  • 4 Limes
  • 10 Cups Water
  • Carbonated water (optional) to give the drink that fizzy
  • Sugar To sweeten


  • Thoroughly wash the ginger removing the dirt then chop into small pieces.
  • Puree the ginger in a blender with 2 cups of water
  • Pour the mixture in a large container 8 cups of boiled water. (Use 6 cups of boiling water if you intend to add the carbonated water) then leave it to steep for 2-4 hours. For best result, steep overnight.
  • Strain using a fine strainer.
  • If you are using carbonated water, add it at this point (2 cups). Add the lime juice and sweeten to taste with sugar.
  • Put to chill, best serve cold


Sometime white rum is added the Jamaican ginger beer to make it an alcoholic beverage. 


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  1. 5 stars
    If I am letting the ginger beer steep overnight, should I keep it in the refrigerator?

  2. Mr. M. Rasool

    How do I keep ginger beer from getting thick?

    • Hey Mr. M. Rasool, Not sure what you mean because I have never had that issue. If you follow the recipe correctly the ginger beer shouldn’t get thick

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Khaydean
    Allergic to lemons, limes, and bergamots. Not allergic to citric acid.
    Can the ginger bear be made without lime?
    Any suggestions?

  4. 5 stars
    Excellente recette fidèle à mes souvenirs lors de mon séjour en Jamaique pendant 4 années. Tellement heureuse de la retrouver. Je ne me rappelais plus des proportions qui sont parfaites dans cette recette.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a fairly basic recipe. You’ll find several versions of ginger beer recipe as you go around different Countries/Islands in the Caribbean, from Guyana on the mainland South American continent to the islands of Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua etc etc….My personal preference is little more sophisticated than this. I like the versions with cinnamon, cloves, and even a dash of angostura bitters(from Trinidad). Although, a little biased, the Guyanese and Trinidad versions of ginger beer takes the crown. Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong with this recipe for starters.

  6. Michiel Goossens

    I always thought ginger beer was a fermented beverage?

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made it for our Caribbean Christmas meal. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    Lovely, tastes is excellent also you can regulatesugar unlike commercial bought that have a humongous amount of sugar, I am diabetic (type). You can use stevia as a sweeter

  9. 5 stars
    What is the difference between ginger beer and ginger tea. Besides adding lime it seems like ginger tea and ginger beer are the same thing.

  10. Hey, how long will it keep for?

  11. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with lemons, I didn’t have limes. This is absolutely delicious!!! This is my go to recipe! Next time I will use limes and honey! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!

  12. Michael Smith

    How much rum would you suggest to add. I dont want to make it to strong.

  13. 5 stars
    It’s crazy to me how much this tastes like an alcoholic beverage… Not bad, all of the flavor none of the liver damage. 😂

  14. Hi Lesa,
    I made this recipe last evening and allowed it to steep overnight. I noticed a gelatinous substance at the bottom of the container, when I checked it this morning, which means that the drink thickens as Mr. Rasool discovered. To loosen it up, I used a whisk and added a bit more water and it was fine. It is “blazing hot,” if you use local ginger, but you can add more or less water to taste. Thanks for the recipe.

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