Preparation info
  • Makes

    1½ pints

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz

Published 1973

  • About

This drink is popular throughout the English-speaking islands, especially at Christmas time. The crystal clear ginger beer makes a pretty contrast to the pink of Sorrel Drink, also popular at Christmas.


  • 1 oz. fresh ginger root, or use 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 4 tabl


Peel the ginger root and crush it lightly with the flat side of a cleaver. Combine the ginger, lime juice, peel and sugar in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Put the yeast into a small bowl with 3 tablespoons lukewarm water and let it stand for a few minutes, then stir to dissolve it completely. Let it stand in warm, draught-free place for about 5 minutes, or until it begins t