African Ginger Beer – Non Alcoholic

This fruit flavored and non alcoholic Ginger beer is very famous in Africa especially in the Western regions. This recipe could be fermented or matured for few hours, but I made it the unfermented version. It is typically made up of pounded ginger roots and lime mixed with water and sugar, but I found this mildly fruit flavored recipe here that really fascinated me.

The sweetness of the pineapple with the spicy ginger almost reminded me of the sugarcane juice that I used to drink back in India. People give this drink to children to cure minor stomach ailments. Some also use a bit of peppercorn to the drink, but I did not use that here. It is fun to sip through this drink through the meal.

African Ginger Beer

Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – none
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make African Ginger Beer – (makes about a quart)

  • Fresh ginger roots – ¼ cup (peeled and sliced)
  • Pineapple – 2 cups (chopped)
  • Lime juice – 4 tbsp (from 1 large lime)
  • Sugar – ¼ cup to ½ cup (depending on how sweet you like the drink)
  • Ice cubes – to serve
  • Water – 4 cups
African Ginger Beer

Procedure to African Ginger Beer –

  • In a blender, add the ginger roots, pineapple and lime juice with about 2 cups of water and grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Strain the juice through a fine strainer and grind the pulp again with about a cup of water.
African Ginger Beer
  • Strain this juice also and then add the sugar, remaining one cup of water and mix well.
  • Serve over crushed ice.
African Ginger Beer

 

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