Ginger beer recipes

A carbonated sweet beverage flavoured with ginger that’s a popular mixer for cocktails.

In Britain, ginger beer was made on a small scale for centuries and its sweetness and alcohol levels varied. Most of the ginger beer produced now is commercially produced on a large scale and is sweet and alcohol-free or very low in alcohol. Ginger beer, and its close relative, ginger ale, is a popular mixer for cocktails.

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Buyer's guide

There are still a few small-scale producers making good, traditional ginger beers, which are well worth seeking out. If you can’t find ginger beer, substitute with ginger ale.


Ginger beer is not made for long-term storage. Follow ‘best by’ dates and store in a cool place.

Article by Susan Low

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