How to Make the Best Homemade Caribbean Ginger Beer

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When I was growing up in the Caribbean my mom used to make a drink called ginger beer. It was the best homemade Caribbean ginger beer. The only problem is…I didn’t really appreciate it much. She made it every Christmas. As you can imagine, ginger is an acquired taste especially for a child. Now that I’m an adult, I have grown to appreciate the taste and potency of ginger. Not to mention the nutritional benefits. Now before you go on thinking that child protection services should have been called, although the name of the beverage is ginger beer, this drink doesn’t have any alcohol in it so don’t let the name throw you off. Ginger beer originated in the 1700 in England and was indeed a fermented drink. Some people still ferment it and others don’t.

Whether or not you like ginger you’ll find these health benefits of ginger helpful.

Ginger is one of the most healthful ingredients that you can use in your kitchen. It is a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient and a great anti-emetic. That makes ginger great at treating ailments like osteoarthritis, nausea, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger may also also help to reduce cholesterol, prevent cancer, and may help decrease muscle pain.

The bottle line is you definitely want to increase the amount of ginger that you consume.

This spicy tasty ginger beer is  a Caribbean staple and a favorite that you can make at home.

Some people also spike it…but I’ll leave that up to you.

Caribbean ginger beer recipe

But every Carnival, food sale and definitely around the holidays it was hard to escape the pungent smell.

Caribbean ginger beer recipe

As an adult, I now realize the nutritional powerhouse that ginger and hence ginger beer is. Minus the sugar, you can’t meet the anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger beer. Well of course turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects is nothing to sneeze at either but we can talk about that on another day.

So when my mom visited recently, I asked her to whip up a batch. Just like in this video, we got working in the kitchen.  She took the lead, and I took crazy notes. This is one of the reasons that I wrote my own e-cookbook. It’s an easy way to share my healthy easy recipes for years
to come. As a fact, if you’d like your own copy of my free e-cookbook, you can get it here.

Read below for the recipe for Caribbean Ginger Beer. Served chilled and have a good ole’ time. I used this blender to get some of the quick and easy blending done.

Looking for more ginger recipes? I have more where those came from. Try these ginger recipes:

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

Pineapple Ginger Cooler

Ginger is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents that you can have in your health and wellness arsenal. 

Oh, and I highly these cute straws if you want to get fancy. 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving, here are some of my other Thanksgiving themed recipes you may want to try: 

Orange Rosemary Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Orange Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash Soup

Caribbean ginger beer recipe


Caribbean Ginger Beer

An authentic recipe for Caribbean ginger beer. A traditional spicy drink that packs a nutritional punch.

  • Author: Lisa Leslie-Williams
  • Prep Time: 4.5 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 8-12 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


2 hands or 4 medium pieces ginger root

12 cups sugar (depending on taste)

1 cinnamon stick 

1 lime or 1/2 large lemon

About 68 cups cups water

4 cloves 

1/2 tsp vanilla 


Soak ginger root in enough water to cover for about 30 minutes to loosen dirt and debris. Lightly scrape ginger with knife to remove most of outer skin. Cut each piece of ginger into 2 pieces. Add to blender, add 2 cups of water and blend until you get a pulp (about a few seconds). Boil approximately 3-4 cups of water and pour over grated ginger. The amount of water you add will depend on how strong you want the ginger beer to be. Add cinnamon stick, and cloves. Let the ginger beer sit on counter for at least 2-4 hours. I recommend, tasting it every hour or two. The longer it sits, the stronger the ginger beer will be as the flavor is extracted. Strain the ginger beer after 2-4 hours and add 2- 4 cups more water (depends on taste) and sugar. Use the sugar listed above as a guide on how much to add depending on your taste.


The original recipe for ginger beer recipe also included a small amount of rice. We’ve eliminated the rice to make this recipe grain free and it was just as good.

Keywords: ginger, ginger beer, caribbean drinks

Want to try more of my recipes? Try this island coleslaw. It’s how it’s made in the Virgin Islands.

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Q & A about making ginger beer and tips

How far ahead can I make the ginger beer?

Make your ginger beer up to two days in advance.

Do I have to refrigerate the ginger beer?

The ginger beer can stay in a cool spot in one your kitchen counter for no more than 24 hours. After that, please refrigerate it or else it will begin to ferment.

How long can the ginger beer stay in the fridge?

Refrigerate up to 7 days. Shake well before serving.

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  • Comments ( 2 )

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    Can we use Stevia in lieu of sugar

    • avatar
      Dr. Lisa

      I don’t see why not. The best recommendation is to try it in small amounts first and see if you like the taste. Alternatively, you can let the ginger beer cool first without the sugar and add the sweetener in after according to your taste.

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