Ginger Beer

'This is one of my favourite drinks to make, so simple and so delicious. When I grew up in Antigua, we’d make it to serve at the family meal on a Sunday'. Beatrice Williams.


200 – 225g root ginger

2 litres water, bottled or boiled and left to cool overnight

1 – 2 cups caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Serves 6


1. Peel the ginger and grate it into a large bowl. Pour a little water over the grater to rinse off any ginger clinging to it and then add about ¾ of the rest of the water to the ginger. Also add a splash of warm water from the kettle as this will help to dissolve the sugar.

2. Strain the ginger liquid back into the water jug and add the vanilla extract and sugar to taste. When you are happy with the taste of your drink, strain it again into a jug over ice and serve chilled.

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